The Wildcats’ team tennis squad won perhaps their most important match of the year, 13-6 over Greenville at the Wildcat Tennis Center Tuesday. Wildcats Tennis Coach Tony Martinez called it the biggest match in his five years at Sulphur Springs. After the match, Coach Martinez informed his team that they would be going to the bi-district playoffs.
It is believed, if all matches turn out as expected, the Wildcats will be the district’s number 3 seed behind Texas High and Lindale but ahead of Greenville after the Tuesday win. In the six team district this season, Royse City does not participate in team tennis. Mount Pleasant had had a hard time fielding a full team and reportedly has only four players. A full team is 14. That leaves only four district teams and four playoff spots.
Tuesday the Wildcats got contributions from a variety of players. The strength of the Wildcats’ boys against the Lions was almost enough to win the match. The boys racked up nine points. Boys singles winners included Jonah Kirkpatrick, Chase Crouch, Aaron Lucas, Logan Schumacher, Jordan Gonzales and Carlos Lopez. The Wildcats also got wins from their three boys doubles teams of Kirkpatrick and Lucas, Crouch and Lopez and Schumacher and Gonzales. A boy also got partial credit for a mixed doubles win as Michael McCord teamed with freshman girl Jeauxleigh Cantu.
The Wildcats also got a girls’ doubles win from Kathryn Hurd and Harleigh Stegient. Girls winners in singles included senior Zoe Wilson and freshman Paige Miesse. The Wildcats are 1-1 in district play and 4-8 for the season.
Next Tuesday the Wildcats take on Texas High at 3:30 p.m. at the Wildcat Tennis Center.