ANNA – Thirteen first-through-sixth graders enjoyed four days of top tennis instruction, July 10-13, at Anna ISD’s tennis camp at the Anna Sports Complex.

“It’s fun to see the kids get better as the week goes on,” Anna head tennis coach Vince Sharp said on Day 1. “They’ll start off having a hard time even hitting the ball and by the end of the week, they’re hitting it all the way from the back baseline.”

Sharp began playing tennis competitively in ninth grade and continued playing at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma.

“I wish I would’ve started at this age,” Sharp said. “I think I would have been a lot better player.”

These two-and-a-half-hour sessions began at 8 a.m. each morning. On Day 1, after stretching exercises, the first order of business was mastering forehand and backhand technique. Volleying and serving followed as the days passed.

Assisting with camp were returning All-District Lady Coyotes Sydney Jones and Angel Dube. Last spring, Jones placed second in singles play at the district tournament and advanced to regionals. In the fall, she was a First-Team All-District doubles pick and earned Second-Team singles honors in the spring. Dube was a First-Team All-District selection in both singles and doubles in the fall.

“It’s good to see the girls out here, getting to interact with the younger kids and see the smiles on their faces when they’re enjoying tennis,” Sharp said.

Jones will be a senior this year.

“I love seeing that the kids are starting early,” she said. “This is my first time really helping with the younger kids. They’re very open to stuff. The older kids, they kind of have their way set already.”

Also assisting at camp was Sharp’s daughter, Morgan, 12.

As the final day’s session began, Sharp said he was pleased with the week’s result.

“The kids have just had a blast all week,” Sharp said. “We’ve been doing a lot of fun drills to kind of keep them excited, but also some teaching drills, making sure they learn all the shots.”