Short hopes to cap Big Rapid’s girls tennis season with state championship

Big Rapids sophomore Eden Short will compete in Friday’s Division 3 girls tennis state tournament at Holland High. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — The MHSAA’s girls tennis season will come to a close this weekend and a local athlete has a chance at making some noise.
Big Rapids sophomore Eden Short will participate in Friday’s Division 3 state tournament at Holland High as the No. 11 seed. She defeated Fruitport’s Trinity Busscher 6-2, 6-3 in the regional title round to advance to the state tournament.
Short, a transfer student from the Chicago area, finished the regular season with a 13-0 record. She’ll face off against No. 12-seed Maria Bussone of Almont in the first round of states. If Short wins all three of her matches on Friday, she’ll advance to the final rounds of play taking place on Saturday.
“She had an outstanding day at regionals,” head coach Larry Langell said. “The big thing with her is that she’s unbelievably talented. For her, it’s just getting the match experience and the mental side of things. That lack of experience can kind of be an issue this late in the season.
“She gets the job done. I’m really looking forward to the tournament on Friday. This will be the first time she will be pushed for wins.”
Short was a big factor in Big Rapids’ resurgence as a program this season. The Cardinals finished the season with a 9-5-1 record, compared to last season’s 6-8-1 record. The No.1 doubles duo of Katherine Langell and Olivia Sanders finished the regular season undefeated at 13-0.
This was the first time in Big Rapids history that two flights had undefeated seasons.
“I think we had an excellent season,” Langell said. “We improved on everything from last year. We had a lot of girls working hard during the offseason. Next year will be a rebuilding year for us since we’re losing eight seniors, but I’m proud of the way our team played this year.”

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