Pungo Christian starts girls tennis

Published 12:57 pm Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Pungo Christian Academy will field a girls tennis team in the fall for the first time in school history. Close to 10 girls have signed up to try the sport and athletic director Logan Van Staalduinen expects more to follow in the coming years. “We are very excited to offer another new sport for PCA students and hope it is something we can continue to offer for years to come,” Van Staalduinen said. “We currently have eight girls signed up to play with ages ranging from 8th grade to seniors and I expect a few more to join before the summer ends. We are already seeing a growing interest in our girls soccer program and hope we can do the same for girls tennis.” This will be the third consecutive year that Pungo has added a new sport. They added girls golf in 2020-21 and Grayson Warren ended up finishing second at the NCISAA State Championships.

In 2021-22, the Raiders added girls soccer and finished first in the Tar Heel Independent Conference and made an Elite Eight appearance in the NCISAA 1A state playoffs.

Pungo is hoping the tennis program will follow suit with success this fall. PCA is also hoping to add a boys tennis program in the next two years and Van Staalduinen is open to adding any sports as long as there is interest. “Boys tennis would be a great addition for our students with lacrosse and wrestling being two other sports that have been discussed,” he said.  “As long as we have the numbers and the interest, I don’t see why we couldn’t add these sports in the future.”