" I'm so excited," Harrison said Wednesday afternoon just before practice. "I just can't believe that this year, I'm actually going. It won't really hit me until we're actually there. Then, it'll be like, 'Oh, wait, whoa'."
Buntain and Harrison played together last season and missed a trip to State by one match. This year, they have a record of 18-8 and have compiled a 36-21 record in two seasons together. They say that one reason they feel that they have improved is because they are familiar with what each one can do on the court.
"We pretty much know what the other one's doing," Buntain said.
"Now," Harrison interjected. "Last year, we were a little hesitant about stuff."
Harrison said they they have improved by being able to work together and trusting other. Buntain agreed and also said that the two can critique each other when they need to without getting any hard feelings over it.
Any singles player or doubles team able to play on Saturday will receive a medal. The players will be unfamiliar with most of their early-round opponents after playing many of the same ones several times during the league season. They know who they could be playing but won't know their styles.
"If we make it through the first match, then we get somewhere," Buntain says. "That's our main goal as of the moment."
Play begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.