Last year, the Franklin High School tennis team turned heads in Western North Carolina and leading that charge was foreign exchange student Anni Neiss from Germany. Neiss went further into the 2A state tournament than any other women's tennis player in school history, only losing in the semi-finals to the eventual state champion. Despite the loss, she posted an 18-0 regular season record while the rest of the team maintained a winning record for the season. Of course, that was last year. For the 2014 season, the team will be without Neiss.
“We will be missing the number one player, Anni Neiss,” said head coach Heather Bell. “However, our team is far deeper than it was last year with any number of girls being talented enough to compete in the top six.”