Since Tony Martinez has been tennis coach at Sulphur Springs, the past few years his Wildcats’ team tennis squad has opened the regular season against Denison and Sherman, two pretty good tennis programs. During that time, the Wildcats have been lucky to win a match or two against them. There is a tennis term called being “skunked” and it refers to getting beaten badly and there has been a lot of that for the Wildcats’ team tennis squad in the past against Denison and Sherman. That made what happened Monday (August 6) take on added significance as the Wildcats opened the regular season at Denison and at Sherman.
Coach Martinez said the Wildcats played every match against Denison and Sherman competitively. Denison won, 12-7 while Sherman just survived to win, 10-9. Coach Martinez said the close matches were indicators that this year will feature a much improved Wildcats’ team tennis squad. Coach Martinez credited the Wildcats’ improved play to how hard they worked this summer.
Against Denison, Coach Martinez said his top boys doubles team of Aaron Lucas and Jonah Kirkpatrick won handily against the Yellow Jackets, 8-2. Wildcats #1 girls singles player, freshman Jeaux Leigh Cantu defeated Denison’s top girl, a senior, 8-6. Coach Martinez said other freshman girls led the charge against Sherman and many of them won their first matches of the season. The girls doubles team of freshmen Savannah Lilly and Page Meeson rallied from behind to win. Freshman Emily Dick won her singles match.