Minor trying to recreate recent past
Carmel's Brienne Minor hits a forehand during the Power 8 Invite at Prospect on Saturday. | Jon Durr~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 21, 2012 1:55PM
MOUNT PROSPECT — Brienne Minor knows the past.
The Carmel sophomore was there for the tennis reign of her older sister, Jasmine Minor. She saw how in 2010, Jasmine Minor won 37 straight matches and was virtually untouched as she made her way toward a state championship.
It was almost too easy.
“I thought that was pretty exciting,” Brienne Minor said of her sister’s title run.
Now, Jasmine Minor plays for Georgia Tech, leaving Carmel tennis to her younger sister. And Brienne Minor — the baby of the family — is ready for the challenge.
“I’m the youngest of the family and there was a lot of tennis growing up,” she said. “I think I started when I was 5 or 6-years old.”
This Minor is all about tennis.
You can find her playing tournaments at the Glenview Tennis Club. Her tennis travels have taken her to Georgia, California, Virginia, Indiana and Arizona, where she played in the USTA National Winter Champions tournament when she was 14 years old. That last trip resulted in a doubles title.
So what’s her goal as a sophomore?
“To win state,” she said with a smile.
Minor led Carmel’s tennis team to Mount Prospect on Saturday morning for the Power 8 Invite. Stevenson won the tournament with 52 points to Carmel’s 38, while Glenbrook North took third with 32 points. Minor did her part by winning at No. 1 singles, defeating Stevenson’s Kaylin Dong 6-1, 6-1.
Of course, Stevenson coach Grant Johnson has seen this promising player before.
“We haven’t seen a better singles player,” Johnson said. “She’s the class of this tournament. It seems she’s changed physically this year, and she really has great confidence.”
It’s clear that the help from Minor’s tennis family has her ahead of the game. She didn’t seem to struggle with anyone on Saturday. That’s why her goals are set so high.
But before she can join her older sister by claiming a state title, she has to clear a few hurdles. She knows there is competition lurking in the ESCC.
“I want to win conference,” Minor said. ~.