“I was happy to win the last tournament of my high school career. I worked hard for it, ”Crawford said. “It was nice to share the pitch with Khushi in the final. She is a really nice person and a great competitor.
Cedar Creek’s Jenna Crawford is Press Girls Tennis Player of the Year | High school
“I won it in second year, and it was different. I faced a teammate, Charisse Tigrado (in this final), and it was the first time that I beat her. It gave me confidence in my ability to handle the pressure, and I haven’t felt so pressured this year.
As a senior in 2020, Tigrado was once again Cedar Creek’s first singles player and was named Press Player of the Year after the pandemic shortened season. Crawford went undefeated in the second single and was part of the First Team Press All-Star.
Linsey Gabris-Clayton, the Pirates’ first-year coach this fall, set Cedar Creek’s previous women’s tennis record for career wins. Prior to this season, Gabriel-Clayton was an assistant coach for two years for the Pirates and worked extensively with Crawford.
“Jenna was a great player to have on the team,” said Gabris-Clayton. “There aren’t a lot of players around who have his abilities. She practically wiped out the CAL tournament. She was fun to watch.
“She loves tennis. She was a team player and was good at helping people, whether they were newbies or returnees. “