100 CAREER WINS
Buse achieves feat no other Lady Lynx has
October 01. 2013 11:30AM
Most people achieve a variety of milestones in their lifetime.
And one of those milestones in Erin Buse’s life occurred last week.
The 2014 Brandon Valley High School senior registered her 100th career victory in high school tennis. The milestone win – a dominating 8-1 victory – came Sept. 23 on the Madison courts against the Bulldogs’ Mackenzie Dixon in No. 1 singles action.
“Not many girls in the state can accomplish this, especially playing No. 1 for three years,” said a proud Jesse Gladis, head coach of the Lady Lynx.
And while the 100th win is an incredible feat in itself, Buse rises to the top of the school record board, as the only Lady Lynx to record that many match wins.
“Erin’s played thousands of hour of tennis, so it’s nice to see that it’s all paid off for her,” Gladis said. “She’s also grown the team with me, and helped us to go from ‘a not winning team’ to ‘a winning team.’ ”
Haylee Naasz (BVHS Class of 2012) and Haylee Thomas (Class of 2013) share second place with 62 wins apiece, however, neither Naasz or Thomas filled the No. 1 singles role during their three varsity seasons.
Going into her senior year, Buse – presently ranked sixth in No. 1 singles – says she was well aware that 14 wins stood between her and the milestone feat.
“I lost track, though,” she admits. “And that was the best thing for me, so when I came off the court, it really surprised me.”
Looking beyond the hours she’s put into the game, Buse credits Coach Gladis for her success.
“I’d like to thank Coach Gladis – I couldn’t have done it without him,” she said.
Buse took over Brandon Valley’s No. 1 singles role as a sophomore and never relinquished the ranking. More impressive is that she joined the varsity ranks as a seventh grader, and was already eyeing the top position at that time.
“When I was younger, I looked up to our No. 1 girls, and that made me want it so badly,” she tells.
After fulfilling that role for three seasons now, Buse says she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I love playing the best girls in the state,” she said. “It’s fun playing really good girls and that’s what makes you better.”
Following Tuesday’s triangular at Madison, Brandon Valley’s win-loss record stood at 16-4.
And that number brought a huge smile to her face.
“I’m so excited about how our team has grown together,” she said. “I remember my seventh grade to this year. We’d talk about how good other teams are. … and I remember fearing teams.”
Both the Lady Lynx and Buse are the one’s feared today.
“I try not to worry about expectations going into a match,” she said, “I’m just going to try to finish my last year strong and enjoy my last few weeks of tennis and help my team out at ESD and state.”