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By DJ Jarvis, firstname.lastname@example.org
October 13, 2016
ROCK ISLAND — During meets and tournaments, you may see Alleman sophomore Lily Schoeck switch tennis balls in between serves.
"If I win the point, I have to play with the same ball," Schoeck said. "If I don't, I can't play with the same ball."
Schoeck did not change the ball very often last Saturday when she won the singles portion of the Western Big 6 Conference meet, losing just five games along the way.
That earned Schoeck this week's Metro Pacesetter from The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus.
Her final win on Saturday came against senior teammate Brenna Hogan, who she plays with everyday in practice.
"It was weird playing a teammate," Schoeck said. "It's fun having the team make it that far and get a chance to play them."
Schoeck puts her name in the record books with Quincy's Katie Fauble and Rock Island's Nicole Tyulpa, who dominated Big 6 singles competition over the previous seven years. Fauble and Tyulpa won every league singles title from 2009 through 2015.
"It's great for Alleman," said head coach Leslie Hird, a former Big 6 singles champion. "It is great for Alleman tennis for her to have done that."
Schoeck does not put anymore pressure on herself as the No. 1 singles player, knowing she just has to go out and beat the player lined up across from her, no matter who that may be.
"I don't let it get to me. You just have to go out and beat everyone," Schoeck said. "Just because they aren't seeded doesn't mean they aren't good."
Schoeck has helped lead Alleman to an undefeated dual record. When the Pioneers need a victory from her, she constantly delivers.
"It's nice having the team there to pick you up and to lean on," Schoeck said. "Individual-wise, you have to go out there and play like you play."
Schoeck was the leading force to Alleman winning their second consecutive Big 6 title.
"Last year was incredible," Hird said. "Having everyone in the championship match was even more incredible."
Even after practice is over, Schoeck often goes to the Quad City Tennis Club to get in a little more practice, hoping to improve everyday.
"Usually after practice I go and play, just to make sure I am ready to go every time I step on the court," Schoeck said.
During the offseason, Schoeck, who finished as the Big 6 runner-up as a freshman, travels with the tennis club to different places around the country to play in tournaments, gaining experience and getting better.
With postseason play coming up, she and her teammates know they need to keep working hard.
And Schoeck hopes she will not have to switch tennis balls too often.
Metro Pacesetter - Alleman's Lily Schoeck
Favorite food: Anything from Arthur's Garden Deli
Favorite movie: "Soul Surfer"
Favorite tennis player: Maria Sharapova
Role models: Austin and Jake (brothers)
Parents: Jim and Cindy Schoeck, Rock Island