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Athlete of the Week: Sean Bailey, Wausau West

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- When asked how he feels heading into Thursday's sectional meet, Wausau West tennis star Sean Bailey simply said, "Pretty good. I've been playing well."

That's an understatement.

Bailey is the top-ranked tennis player age 16 and under in all of Wisconsin. The Wausau West sophomore didn't lose a single set this season, on his way to a Wisconsin Valley singles championship.

"It's giving me more confidence," he said. "Winning it this year and doing it better than last year. So, I think it'll help me up to state. If I get farther, I won't get nervous when I play those tougher matches."

Bailey, who qualified for state as a sophomore last season, also led Wausau West to a second place finish int he Wisconsin Valley in 2015. That's their best finish since they won the conference more than 10 years ago.

For Bailey and his family, tennis is life. And he's not shy about setting his expectations high.

"(I want to) play Division I, and my ultimate goal would be to go pro. I hope that happens," he said with a grin.

Bailey will compete in Thursday's sectional meet at Wausau East for a chance to make a second-straight state appearance.

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