Tuesday’s matches with Moody marked the final time Kimber and Morris played at home, while Usrey will play once more next week against Shelby County.
Usrey, who has played on Court 1 for the last two seasons for the Lady Aggies, said she’s had fun being a leader in her final season, but is looking forward to the possibility of playing at the next level.
“I’m going to [Central Alabama Community College] at the Alexander City campus and I hope to play tennis there,” she said. “The coach is looking at me, but we don’t know anything yet. It’s sad but at least I get to maybe continue playing. I’m going to miss the people because we’re here every day and it’s close-knit.”
Usrey has been playing for head coach Cindy Cleveland for the past five seasons. She won both her singles and doubles matches by the score of 8-0 Tuesday.
“It’s been fun to watch her grow as an individual and as a tennis player,” Cleveland said. “She’s an all-around good girl and will definitely be missed.”
Kimber has had a successful season at the singles level with a 7-0 record on Court 4 and winning a recent tournament in Tuscaloosa. He is 4-3 with partner Colin Minor.
“We play well together, but we’re a new team,” Kimber said. “This is our first year together and he’s getting better as we go. This is my third year playing doubles, but he’s getting a whole lot better.”
Kimber, who won 8-0 in singles and doubles Monday, said he plans to attend Auburn University to major in international business before transferring to major in religious studies to become a foreign missionary. He hopes to possibly play tennis at the college level after transferring from Auburn.
“It’s bittersweet,” Kimber said when asked about playing his final home match. “I’m ready for it to be over because I’ve been really busy with it, but I’m going to miss it. I love Miss Cindy. She’s the best.”
Morris returned to tennis this season after taking a year off to focus on soccer. He said he enjoyed coming back to the sport and win on Court 5. He plans to attend Troy University and continue playing tennis on a recreational basis.
“We’ve been doing really well overall,” said Morris, who also won his singles match 8-0 against Moody. “I think my only loss has been to Briarwood outside of tournament play. I’m going to miss being around town and the people that come to the matches and root us on. Hopefully we can beat Briarwood and move on to state. That would be a new experience for me.”
Cleveland said all three of her seniors are great team competitors.
“If it weren’t for the great kids and parents I probably wouldn’t be sticking with it,” she said. “I love it and enjoy it because of them. They have their own leadership skills in different ways. They cheer for each other.”
Cleveland added that losing seniors is always hard.
“I want to keep them every year,” she said. “I would keep any of them in a heartbeat.”
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