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May returns to the helm at Gibault after brief hiatus

By on August 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm

By MARK HODAPP – Sports Editor 

Gibault tennis coach Margaret May could be away game for only so long.

Earlier this spring, May missed coaching  the Gibault boys tennis team so she could spend more time with her husband, who is battling cancer.

“We are working through it,” she said. “Hopefully —  through good prayers —  everything will turn out fine.”

Last Friday, May was coaching the Gibault girls tennis team, while her husband was undergoing a PET scan.

She finds being back on the tennis court “very therapeutic.”

“Last year when his diagnosis came back, I pulled the trigger  a little too quick, and said I couldn’t coach the boys team,” she said. “But I knew my head wouldn’t have been in it.”

May, however, finds it’s very hard to watch someone you love battle a disease like this.

“You just sit there and watch it,” she said. “…And you know there’s nothing you can do about it.”

May is doing all she can to help build the Gibault girls tennis program into a power.

She says the key for her bunch this season will be consistency.

“These girls aren’t as strong as teams like Belleville East and Belleville West,” she said. “So we will strive for consistency instead.”

May said her bunch has come a long way since last season.

“And I’m expecting we will have another winning season this year,” she said.

Senior Katie Lammack is expected to anchor the team this fall.

Lammack is Gibault’s best player. She strokes the ball well and has good speed.

“Hailey (Perkins) has come a long way over the summer,” May added.

In fact, Perkins is expected to start the season as Gibault’s No. 2 singles player.

May believes she might also have a couple doubles teams who could surprise opponents this fall.

“We just have to continue to work at it,” she said.

May doesn’t like to point to key matches in a season.

Just like life, May prefers “to take it one match at a time.”

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.