Wildcats Tennis Coach Tony Martinez said senior Alex Benitez represented Sulphur Springs very well at the Regional Tennis Tournament last week in Allen. Coach Martinez said Benitez did that while winning and losing. Other than Benitez, only a girl from Greenville won a first round match while Texas High and Hallsville came up empty. In round two, Benitez was paired up with Michel Zobel, a German exchange student, with Midlothian and the #1 seed in the tournament. Coach Martinez said Zobel will be a Division 1 player at some college someday. Despite the 6-0, 6-0 score, Coach Martinez said Benitez played some of his best tennis and kept a good attitude throughout the match. He said Benitez left the court satisfied that he had done his best against someone who was just better than he was.
Coach Martinez said Benitez is leaving a legacy as he departs the team. Coach Martinez called Benitez his volunteer assistant coach who would hit with anyone on the team while encouraging them. The Wildcats will also lose senior Jasmine Cruz. Coach Martinez looks forward to working with the players coming back next season and with some new freshman coming to high school.