2016 Girls Tennis Player of the Year: Warren’s Goode makes most of senior season

Warren County's Jayme Goode finished off her high school career in strong fashion. She led the Wildcats to a 10-2 record and advanced to the Conference 28 individual singles semifinals. Rich Cooley/Daily file

FRONT ROYAL — Jayme Goode has been consistent over her four years at Warren County. The senior girls tennis player showed that consistency again this season with the Wildcats.

Goode has been the No. 1 player on the team for the last two years and held her own against the always tough competition.

“I’m fairly happy with my personal record this season,” Goode said. “I am, however, disappointed that I was not able to advance to the regional tournament, Other than that, I am pleased with my regular season record.”

Goode lost in the Conference 28 semifinals in both singles and doubles in a very strong girls tennis conference.

Still, she was able to win a lot of matches this season and helped guide the Wildcats to a 10-2 record.

The Wildcats, with a young team, fell to Riverside in the Conference 28 semifinals.

“I’m really happy with the way our team played this year,” Goode said. “We had a young team, and many girls stepped up to take their role on the ladder. I am proud of them, and honored to get the opportunity to play with many of them.”

Goode, The Northern Virginia Daily’s 2016 Girls Tennis Player of the Year, also plays volleyball for the Wildcats. She said that she really tried to work hard on her tennis game in the offseason.

“After last year, I feel like I really stepped it up for off-season training,” Goode said. “In the summer I spent a lot of time training at clinics in Fairfax, which were also really fun. After volleyball season, I started picking back up on the clinics on weekends. In the winter I kept in shape at the gym, where I would do cardio and strength training. I think this had a great impact for my endurance on the court.”

Goode said that she felt like she really improved on the speed of her ball and the speed of her footwork, and she added some spins on her serves and groundstrokes.

Being one of the few seniors on this year’s team, Goode said she tried to be more of a leader for the young team.

“I have really worked hard to take a leadership role on the team this year,” Goode said. “I have been able to work with some of the younger girls, which I enjoyed. Hopefully they will do the same as they grow as players and gain more experience.”

This was also Warren County’s third coach in three years. Goode said she enjoyed working with coach Angela Hastings this past season.

“With three different coaches in three years, I have to say that I am very impressed with coach Hastings,” Goode said. “She is much more than just our coach, she has become a mentor, friend, and leader of the team. She will add great structure to the program over her time at Warren County, along with her spunk and personality.”

Goode said one of her favorite moments from the season was playing in the individual conference tournament at the Mary Washington University tennis facility. She said that she enjoys playing indoors and talking to other players in between matches.

She may get a chance to do more of that next year. Goode said that she will be attending Virginia Tech next year and hopes to play on their club team.

Goode said that she plans to play tennis for a very long time, whether it’s in college or just recreationally.

“Tennis has been a blessing for me,” Goode said. “It’s been something to look forward to when everything else in life gets hard. I have been able to meet some incredible and talented people that I truly enjoy being around. For me, tennis is truly a life-long sport.”

Goode said that she’s very happy to have played at Warren County and to have been a part of a strong program.

“Playing for Warren County tennis has meant a lot to me, because I have been given the opportunity to build new friendships with both teammates, coaches, and opponents,” Goode said. “I have built friendships with some great people over the past four years as part of the team.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com