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Tina Hollen became a District champion earlier this month, and now she's headed to states.

Tina Hollen became a District champion earlier this month, and now she's headed to states.

Terry McCaulley

Tina Hollen became a District champion earlier this month, and now she's headed to states.

Terry McCaulley

Terry McCaulley

Tina Hollen became a District champion earlier this month, and now she's headed to states.

Quintin Nelson, Staff Writer

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It was a long time coming, but, last week, Senior Tina Hollen won the District 6 2A Tennis Championship. Even better than that, she is now going to the states competition in Hershey on November 3.

When she won her match, she couldn’t put her excitement to words.

“The feeling was complete disbelief and then it sunk in when they put the medal on me and I could only remember thinking I did it!” she said.

Last year, as a Junior, she made the District 6 semifinals but was forced to resign due to a questionable injury. The judges called for this disqualification because they feared she was dehydrated, although Tina wanted to continue.

The feeling was complete disbelief and then it sunk in when they put the medal on me and I could only remember thinking I did it!”

— Tina Hollen

She has been playing tennis since the seventh hgrade, and has put a lot of work in. She is a three-time Mountain League MVP and has also been a two-time Mountain League team champ.

“I worked for so hard for so long, and in that moment it paid off,” Tina said.

The last time the Tyrone/Bellwood-Antis co-op team won the Mountain League title was in 2014, when Tina was a freshman and her sister Ana, who is now on the IUP women’s basketball team, was a senior.

However, she didn’t do it alone. She thanks Jesse Glass and Fred Dorman for supporting her through her journey to the top. They have been supportive and optimistic for her through her entire sports career.

She plans on playing tennis through college, probably at Juniata or as a recreational activity at Pitt.

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