Despite the fact that the Wildcats’ team tennis squad lost to Tyler Lee, 17-2 Wednesday at the Wildcat Tennis Complex, something quite extraordinary happened. Wildcat senior Jasmine Cruz won her girls’ singles match against a Tyler lee opponent. Cruz has been playing tennis about a month and a half and her win Wednesday was her first ever. Cruz and another senior asked Wildcats Tennis Coach Tony Martinez for a chance to play tennis just weeks ago. She has no high school experience. Coach Martinez credited Wildcat tennis player Alex Benitez with working hard with the new players. Coach Martinez has also been working with them to improve their game.
He said the Wednesday win by Cruz was a boost to her confidence after some losses in matches Tuesday. Boys singles player Chase Crouch also won his match against Tyler Lee Wednesday. Coach Martinez called Crouch a team player. Crouch also teamed up with Heather Harris to pick up a mixed doubles point against John Tyler Tuesday. Coach Martinez again credited his team with competing with an opponent all day long Wednesday. He said the score sheet showed lots of scores of 8-4, 8-5 and 8-6. There were no 8-0 shutouts.
The Wildcats are now 0-3 for the season. After the match Wednesday, there was a team dinner. Weather permitting, the Wildcats will play at Forney and then at Terrell Thursday. Coach Martinez said after a five match week so far this week, he might just give the team a day off Friday.