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May 14, 2013

Frankton's Rastetter in pursuit of perfection

No. 1 singles star leads Eagles into girls tennis sectional

ANDERSON, Ind. — It is remindfull of that Tom Petty song, “Running Down a Dream.”

Anyone can dream, but to do the work to make that dream a reality takes a special person.

Frankton’s Alexys Rastetter is just such a person.

As a sophomore a year ago, she took over the No. 1 singles spot and posted a 12-7 mark. This season she had a slightly different goal.

“One of my big goals for this season was to be undefeated,” said Rastetter. “Honestly it was something I thought I could do.”

Going into sectionals today (Frankton actually got a bye and doesn’t play until Thursday), Rastetter has yet to taste defeat.

Frankton coach Brett Sanders didn’t doubt she could reach that.

“I knew she had the family support,” he said. “I knew they would make sure she did what was needed to reach her goals.”

Part of that support came from her grandmother Barbara.

“She plays tennis, and I played with her,” said Rastetter. “She bought me my own racket.”

Her father Matt is part of the support system as well.

“He will go out and play with me any time I ask,” said Rastetter. “That’s really valuable.”

There is also an extended tennis family that has played roles in her development.

“There is Shawn Huck at the Anderson Tennis Center,” said Rastetter. “In Muncie there is (Delta coach) Tim Clelland and Jim Wegener.”

She also named her current coach Sanders, last year’s coach Ginger Thompson, current assistant coach Bob Hanes and former Frankton boys varsity coach Dennis Poe.

But part of what makes her game special is what Rastetter carries around inside.

“We made a couple of minor adjustments to her game,” said Sanders. “But she’s such a fighter. She is 100 percent mentally tough. That pushes her to the edge. It makes my job easy.”

One of her improvements did come from inside.

“I was a bit high strung,” said Rastetter. “I got too excited. Now I think I’m handling my emotions better.”

Rastetter had at least one really close brush with defeat, and it came against county rival Alexandria. The Tigers’ No. 1 player is Sarah-Kate Brenner.

“I was down to her 5-0,” said Rastetter. “But I came back to win seven straight games.”

She had a second major goal for the season.

“I want to be name The Herald Bulletin Player of the Year,” she said. “I want to do that like Michelle McFerran did. I really looked up to her.”

Now she has the big stage of the sectional on which to perform with her Eagles teammates.

“The county (teams) are so tight,” said Sanders. “It really doesn’t matter who plays who. It is probably going to be 3-2.”

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