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Portage Central tennis standout misses out on promising senior season

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Portage Central tennis standout misses out on promising senior season (WWMT){ }

Portage Central tennis standout Casey Smith was among the many West Michigan athletes wondering "what if?"

What if the spring tennis season wasn't cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Mustangs number one singles player won a Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference conference singles championship in her junior season of 2019, and made a run at a state singles title, before getting knocked off in the Division 2 semifinals.

Smith was eager to pick up where she left off in her senior year, instead her final season came to an end after just four practices.

"I was definitely looking to go far at states this year" said Smith. "My freshman and sophomore years I didn't get very far, I think I lost in the round of 16. And so last year to make it to the semifinals gave me a lot of confidence. And so I was really looking forward to continuing with how I have improved my game since then. And so it's definitely disappointing not to have played."

Smith is competing in an Intercollegiate Tennis Association summer circuit event in Cleveland at the end of July.

Smith, who graduated with a 3.99 GPA, will play college tennis next fall at Lewis University in Illinois.