Athlete Spotlight – Shelton and Halwachs an unstoppable duo

Mackenzie Shelton and Katie Halwachs

Mackenzie Shelton and Katie Halwachs

Seniors Mackenzie Shelton and Katie Halwachs have been a dominant doubles team on the tennis court all season. The duo has been completely unstoppable thus far throughout the season. Shelton and Halwachs are 7­-0 against opponents outscoring them 55­-15. The dynamic duo has dominated every opponent they have faced this season.

Recently, Shelton and Halwachs won the Bloomington Gold Invitational with an overall record of 4­-0 finishing in first place. With help from the ladies, the Lady Panthers finished third overall as a team.

“Their first place finish was a big part of the team coming in third place overall in the 16-team tournament,” Coach Erin Thoman said.

This is their first season playing doubles together and the results have been tremendous with an undefeated record of 7­-0. Mackenzie plays #1 in singles, and Katie plays #2 in singles.

“I expect to continue to play my best and try to end the season with the best record possible,” Katie Halwachs said. “Being a captain means incorporating new team members into our tennis family, leading by example, working hard, and sharing the knowledge I have gained from my years on the team. Being a part of this team has taught me so much, and I have had so much fun. I want to pass on this experience to the younger team members.”

When asked about her expectations for the season, Mackenzie Shelton said, “I will continue to play my best mentally, physically, and to bond with team each day.”

Mackenzie loves the role of being a Senior Captain saying, “I plan to raise the future top varsity to prepare them to play tennis at a higher level, and to encourage lower level players to work hard and improve. Being a captain of this team has taught me emotional and physical responsibility, and has inspired me to perform well every day.”

Thoman says Mackenzie and Katie are very consistent and patient players.

“They have great communication and play really well together. They provide great leadership for our team as a whole,” said Thoman.”

Katie is the daughter of Mark and Joan Halwachs. Katie is involved off the court as much as she is on the court. She is the Project Coordinator for National Honor Society, Secretary for Hands Club, part of the FOR Club, and National Spanish Honor Society.

After high school, Katie plans to attend Washington University or Rice University and major in chemical engineering. She also plans to play tennis recreationally so that she can focus on her academics.

Mackenzie is the daughter of Kevin and Mimi Shelton. She is a member of National Honor Society, and the Leadership Council.

She plans to further her education at either Columbia College in Chicago or North Carolina School of Arts. Mackenzie also plans to keep playing tennis, but recreationally. She wants to enough time to focus and excel at her academics and aspirations. She plans to study film editing and field editing.