By David Troppens
Taylor Barrett ranks among the greatest tennis players in Holly High School history.
Now she’s going to get a chance to make some history at the college level.
Barrett, a 2019 graduate, is headed to Grand Valley State University to continue her tennis career. She made the decision sometime during the summer between her junior and senior year.
“I’ve worked really hard since I was young, and that was my goal,” Barrett said. “I’m really proud of myself for that.”
Barrett not only played No. 1 singles during her entire career on Holly’s varsity girls tennis team, she was a four-time No. 1 singles Metro League champion, making her only the second woman to earn that honor in league history. The other was Fenton’s Madison Ballard, who just happened to graduate from Grand Valley State University.
Barrett was a four-time First-Team All-State tennis performer for the Bronchos, helping lead the squad to some of its finest team seasons ever.
She was a No. 2 seed in the D2 No. 1 singles state tennis tournament this spring, but was upset in her second match. Her junior season she was the No. 3 seed, and advanced to the state semifinal round. She also advanced to the semifinal round her sophomore season and advanced to the quarterfinals her freshman year.
Grand Valley had an outstanding season during 2018-19, advancing to the Division 2 national tournament, earning a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association Concerence championship and posting a 23-5 record overall.
“I picked Grand Valley because it was closer to home and I liked the girls on the team as well,” Barrett said. “I want to get along with the girls.”
Many of the players who made last year possible will be graduating. The team also will have a new head coach. Most recent women’s tennis coach John Black announced his resignation in June.
“There are going to be quite a few seniors graduating,” Barrett said. “After my freshman year, I’ll have a new start.”