Christoval’s Blake Jenkins returns to state tennis determined and stronger

Christoval High School’s Blake Jenkins is headed back to the UIL State Tennis Tournament and believes she’s in the best shape of her career.

A state semifinalist in girls singles as a junior, Jenkins focused on her favorite sport in her final year of high school, and she’s hoping it will pay off with an even better showing in the Class 2A division at the state tournament.

“I never got a true season,” said Jenkins, who has always played basketball for Christoval, one of the top programs in West Texas that plays well into the second semester of the school year.

“But I was in the offseason class the first semester and I just worked. I got stronger. We were in the weight room and I had more time to focus on my body and what was going to help me in tennis. I dropped 15 pounds and got stronger and faster and have better endurance, so that’s going to be good. “

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