Tonawanda News — “We are real close and we have played together for five years,” Ringler said. “I love playing with her because she’s so fun. We’re very equal so it’s very competitive when we play. I’m so glad we’re going to doubles together and that we both went undefeated.”
Robins isn’t looking forward to next season without Ringler because of their bond, but she is excited to close out this year playing side by side with her partner and good friend.
“The toughest part of all this is knowing she’s a senior and it’s all going to end soon,” Robins said. “I can honesty say, over the course of the last few years playing with Gretchen, I wouldn’t be where I am without her. We constantly push each other and there are things one is better at than the other, and we really compliment each other on that.”
Robins said the practice matches between the two girls were intense, but both approached each one with a positive attitude. Both players wanted to get better and their results indicate the competition was advantageous for both players.
“I love playing her because it’s always us two playing against each other,” Ringler said. “We have to stay serious during a match, but we’re so nice at the same time because we’re teammates and friends.”
LeMar said what both girls accomplished this season is something to be proud of, and said he is confident they can continue to have success in NFLs and hopefully at Sectionals.
“It’s remarkable to play first singles and not drop a set all year. It’s a huge, huge accomplishment,” LeMar said. “Gretchen is a hard worker and it’s nice to see that when she leaves her game got better. I see each year where she got a little better and added parts to her game.