“I had friends telling me that I should come back to the sport plus my sister Angel also plays tennis and I enjoyed hitting with her,” Carney said.
While the Raiders have had their struggles on the court with one win on the season, the coaching staff has still noticed Carney’s effort.
“Paulo works hard on and off the court while showing excellent character and determination to succeed,” head coach Robert Benson said.
“The season has been tough at times but we’ve fought against some tough competition and our coaches have helped sharpen our skills,” Carney said. “We want to keep improving and giving our best throughout the rest of the season because if we keep training now and through the summer, we’ll be a much better team in the future.”
Carney is a member of the history club at the school and visited Washington, D.C., as part of the group. He has also been on the cross country and track teams at East Paulding along with the swim team this past winter. He lists drawing as a hobby and will pursue a career in design.
The Raiders return to action on April 17 in the region tournament at Lost Mountain Park in Powder Springs.