Sibling quartet making waves on tennis courts

Sibling quartet making waves on tennis courts

LAWTON, OK (TNN) - Eisenhower High School’s tennis coach says a group of tennis players is not only making their school proud, but other area schools as well because they’re making a name for the city. Four siblings, who go to IKE, have all placed or won tournaments this year, and the season started this month.

Lawton isn't known as a tennis city according to Hannah Mentel, IKE's tennis coach, but the Phelps kids are showing that they're a force to be reckoned with.

"Usually, I have brand new kids, who have never picked up a racket before, and they're like I'm going to try tennis, and I'm trying to teach them fundamentals,” she said. “So, it's just really exciting being able to have a family that's so dedicated."

Senior Abbey Phelps established a reputation for herself before her three triplet siblings, who are freshmen, joined the team. Now, they're all making waves together. Three of the four got first place at a tournament on Thursday.

"I think it's fun to have your siblings on the team,” Abbey Phelps said. “You go into the team with three automatic friends, so it makes it more like a family like atmosphere."

Hannah said high school tennis is much different than middle school tennis, so she's glad to have her sister on the team.

"It's a lot harder,” Hannah said. “So, it's nice to have someone who has already been through it I guess."

"We kinda knew what to expect a little bit because Abbey would tell us about the tournaments," Jacob said.

As you can imagine, having all your siblings playing the same sport means they talk about it a lot and hold each other accountable.

"If you're slacking then they'll know," Hannah said.

"I like it because it's harder for us to forget that we're having practice or things like that,” Jacob said. “Because I have three other people that know what's going on."

Not only do they hold each other to a high standard, but Mentel said they motivate the rest of the team too.

"What I'm most proud of is they have good character,” Mentel said. “The kids work hard in school, and they work hard as athletes, and that's really awesome to me."

Josh and Jacob played finals across from each other Thursday making it where they couldn't watch the match, but that didn't stop them from knowing how the other one is doing.

"Usually we just asking each other what the score is and make sure they're doing good cheer them on," Jacob said.

As for who is the best…

"Jacob," the other three siblings said in unison.

"Yeah, I'll agree with that," Jacob said.

"Oh my gosh," Abbey said.

"Why would you say Jacob is the best," Reporter Haley Wilson asked.

"Because he could beat any of us, so that makes him the best," Josh said.

If you’d like to catch the Phelps kids in action, they play in Oklahoma City next. The girls play on April 1st and the boys on the third.

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