Prewitt eyes return to Panther Tennis

Junior Frances Prewitt is excited about returning to varsity tennis this year after having to sit out a year. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

Junior Frances Prewitt is excited about returning to varsity tennis this year after having to sit out a year. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado

After sitting out a year from varsity competition, Frances Prewitt says she is eager to get back into the swing of things with the Liberty Hill varsity tennis team.

The junior had played on the varsity tennis team at Georgetown’s East View High School before transferring to Liberty Hill High School.  She said it was difficult leaving old friends behind, but that she “likes to meet new people and likes to experience new things.”

Under University Interscholastic League policies, a varsity-level competitor must forfeit a year of eligibility, so Frances Prewitt found herself on the sidelines.

“I practiced on my own,” said Miss Prewitt, “and took lessons.

“East View High School had just opened and they were starting their teams. Most of us were freshmen and sophomores who found ourselves playing juniors and seniors.  I learned a lot.  I learned to be humble by more experienced players and realized I needed to practice a lot more if I wanted to become good player.”

The 5’7” athlete also tried to play one of her most favorite sports, basketball, but had to leave the team after an injury curtailed her season.

“I really enjoy the game and have been playing it for years,” she said.

But she hasn’t only played on the hardwoods, she has been a multi-sport athlete for most of her life.   Miss Prewitt was heavily vested in cheerleading, in track and field as a sprinter and long jumper, as well as in gymnastics along with competing in tennis.

With a steady commitment, awards have come her way. She said she was the team’s ninth grade basketball player of the year, placed as a track sprinter and has medaled in a couple of tennis tournaments.  Now as a junior, Frances says he is focusing on tennis.

LHHS Head Tennis Coach calls her one of his best players.

“It’s a good feeling to be one of the top players on the team,” she said.  “I’m competitive and I really want to achieve and hope to win district.”

The junior varsity tennis player says that volleying is her strength as is her footwork and energy level, but that she needs to improve her serve.  She also says she’s learned to not let the game get the best of her when she’s behind.

“I’ve learned to stay focused on the point,” Miss Prewitt said, “instead of the score or the whole game.”

Some life issues, however, weren’t easily resolved and painfully challenged the outgoing student athlete a few years ago.

“I was bullied and cyberbullied,” she said.

Miss Prewitt said finding strength in her faith changed everything.

“I pray before each match for safety and strength,” she said. “It keeps me calm.”

So devoted, she is the president of the LHHS Bible Club.

The junior says she also enjoys to doodle and has drawn praise from her peers as a “good drawer, artist.

“What can I say, I like to draw especially cartoon characters,” she said. “I’m just an open book who doesn’t like to disappoint people and is always laughing and cracking jokes.”