Shoals Christian's Lee-Taylor Bishop used a college level approach throughout her high school career, and it paid off with a state Class 1A-3A state singles championship and a scholarship to North Alabama.
Bishop turned in a dominant senior season, going 10-0 in the regular season and then breezing to sectional and state championships. Along the way, she didn't drop a set and lost only seven games all season. For her effort, Bishop is the TimesDaily Girls Tennis Player of the Year. Bishop also was the player of the year in 2018.
Bishop and all the other TimesDaily players of the year will be honored on June 11 at the TimesDaily Athlete of the Year banquet to be held at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum.
There's a reason Bishop has taken a college-style approach to her tennis career. Her father, Brice, just happens to be the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at UNA.
Along with help from her father, Bishop said she thinks having a strong, aggressive game has helped her succeed at the high school level.
“My power has developed from a young age,” Bishop said. “He’s (Brice Bishop) helped me a lot. He has really taught me how amazing this game is and the desire and dedication it takes to play.”
Brice Bishop said his daughter has improved rapidly and the dedication has made her into a college-ready talent.
“I think she plays an aggressive game, and she plays with velocity,” Bishop said. “She doesn’t play a junior style. She really plays like a college player. That style will translate to the next level at UNA.”
Bishop won two state championships in doubles in her time at Shoals Christian while she grabbed a No. 1 singles title at the class 1A-3A state tennis championship this past season. Bishop came close to a doubles championship, but finished as runner-up.
Bishop said the excitement from her classmates really kept her going at the state tennis championship.
“All the support from the classmates was one of my favorite moments,” Bishop said. “A lot of them drove down to watch me and my teammates play”
Brice Bishop said Lee-Taylor should have a quick learning curve when she arrives at UNA.
Brice Bishop said watching his daughter win was fun, but he will always remember the work she put in to get to that point.
“State championships are fun,” Bishop said. “It’s always enjoyable to win, but I know how much she has worked. She spent time at 5 a.m. workouts, and I enjoy those moments.”
Bishop said she ca not wait to play for her father at UNA.
“I’m very excited to get started,” Bishop said. “I’m use to his coaching so it will be more fun. The girls have helped me, and they want me there (at UNA).”