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Field Hockey vs Tennis

In the first matchup of round two, field hockey takes on tennis for the right to move on to semifinals.

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Which Sport Creates the Ultimate Athlete?
Winner!

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Tale of the Tape Overview
Each week we will match two sports against each other in a tournament style bracket and you, the fan, can vote for which you think produces top athletes.  The winning sport will advance in our tournament bracket and at the end we will crown one sport the "Ultimate Sport".  Along with the matchups, we will feature one top athlete from each sport and they will engage in a head-to-head heated debate.   

Voting will start on Thursday's and end on Wednesday's.  There will be a new matchup every week with the final matchup starting on Nov. 20.  Good luck!    

The Debate
Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) tennis player Marija Thomas and John Burroughs (Saint Louis, Mo.) field hockey player Lailah Elliott go head to head in defending their sport.

Why is the ultimate athlete in your sport?

  • It involves lots of running and you have to be able to move in a lot of different directions quickly. Plus, you have to have stick skills and good timing. It’s a really athletic sport.

  • Well, there are a lot of athletic things you have to have in order to be a good tennis player. A lot of cardio and a lot of speed and you’ve really got to be smart because you really need to understand angles.

For anyone who disagrees, what drill specific to your sport would you like to see them try?

  • All of the drills where we work on cutting and passing and getting in passing lanes. Then when we work on using reverse stick. It’s really tough.

  • Any type of footwork drills where you’ve got to chase the ball down. Those and suicides.

What's the best measure of a true athlete (strength, speed, quickness, agility, etc.)?

  • I think it’s strength and agility.

  • Well, I think it’s speed. You can dominate so much easier when you’re fast.

What is the best example of something you did personally that shows why your sport has the ultimate athlete?

  • We had a game recently and I lost the ball then turned around and got it back from the player. It’s tough because you have to stop and reverse field and get back on defense so to get the ball back is hard.

  • I think just diving for balls and hitting them back across the net. I try and do that as much as possible because I do everything that I can to win.

Why is your sport better than theirs?

  • I just think it’s better all around. It’s more of a team sport and there are a lot of positions that have to come together in order to win games.

  • I definitely think that tennis is better than field hockey. I’ve never actually played it, but the sport is just better on all levels to me.

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