How Ames’ Sophia Cordoba plans to take her tennis game to the next level

Sophia Cordoba is ready to step out of her shell.

She has enjoyed a successful career for the Ames girls tennis team entering her senior season. She won four matches as the team’s No. 2 singles player as a junior.

But she’s ready to do more during her final go-around with the Little Cyclones.

“I just want to compete at a higher level and be more bold on the court,” Cordoba said. “Because of my scrappy play, I get kind of shy on the court and try to keep everything in, but without actually attacking. This year, I’m looking to attack more. ”

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Sophia Cordoba (right) wants to end her senior season making a run at state and help Ames grow as a team in girls tennis.  Cordoba and Suya Que (left) are off to a great start in doubles play after picking up a win in the No.  2 match against Ankeny Centennial Monday.

Cordoba has played tennis on and off since she was 8 years old. She participated in a bubble league at the Ames Raquet and Fitness Center and took individual lessons on and off up until high school.

That experience gave Cordoba an edge when she joined the Ames team as a freshman.

“Freshman year, I realized I had a lot more basics down than everybody else,” Cordoba said. “I’d already started playing at the varsity level. A lot of my fellow seniors started playing their sophomore year. ”

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