AOW: Jett Petit & Spencer Anderson of Holdrege Tennis
Holdrege seniors Spencer Anderson and Jett Petit were on fire, capturing more than half their teams victories at the Kearney Catholic invite, bringing their combined season total to 75.
This earned them nominations for NTV's Athlete of the week.
Just over two weeks away from the boys tennis state championship, two Holdrege Dusters have made their mark this season surpassing big milestones in career wins. Seniors Spencer Anderson and Jett Petit finished the Kearney Catholic Invite in dominating fashion, taking home nine of their team's 16 victories.
"Those are really going to help me with seedings as far as the Gretna Invite and state," Anderson said. "As I said, Carson Hamik he's a really good player at 17–4, he would have been one of the top people in the state and being able to take him down 8–3 that's going to do me justice."
"I knew it was going to be a challenge, but I played well up until that point," Petit said. "I could see myself improving as I progressed through the rest of the season so it was nice to see that my good play came to play."
Petit, who swept through his matches undefeated, finished the invite at 5–0 and captured his 100th career win as a Duster. While Anderson finished the invite at 4–1 earning his 150th.
"Both of them, their eyes got kind of big, I could see a little surprise in them," said Head Coach Ray Ruybalid. "They had no idea, but I think it was a relief for them," Ruybalid continued. "I could see that in their eyes going, 'Oh yeah I made it, I don't have to worry about it for the rest of the season, so now I can play.'"
"It feels really good though because not many people especially from Holdrege have been able to get 150, so it feels really great to just be one of those few," Anderson said.
"I really didn't know about it, I knew in the beginning of the year I had about 80 wins. So I wasn't keeping track, but when Ray came up to me and said this is your 100th win I was pretty pumped and a little shocked," Petit said.
Building a brotherhood on the tennis court since middle school, Anderson and Petit have built their success working side by side everyday pushing one another to be better.
"Spencer's a great guy. He's been my best friend since the 7th grade," Petit said. "He's really helped me these past two years going out to hit together," Petit continued. "He's got me into some Kearney camps and we've worked together as a team to be the best that we can and help the team."
"Jett's a great player, he's progressed a lot in the past year," Anderson said. "He's very consistent and played a lot this summer. I'm really surprised he's came a lot in the last year and I'm glad to have him as a teammate," Anderson continued. "He's going to make me better as I am him."
Anderson and Petit will close out their Holdrege tennis careers in two weeks in Lincoln.