Wildcats Tennis Coach Tony Martinez would have liked to ease into district play in team tennis but it was not to be. The Wildcats had to travel to Lindale Wednesday (September 5) to face a tough team coached by former Wildcats Tennis Coach Randy Namanny. Lindale is one of the toughest teams in the district and the Wildcats lost 16-3.
Coach Martinez said the Wildcats played competitive tennis and he added he was happy with their performance. The Wildcats got a mixed doubles win in three sets from freshman Jo Leaux Cantu and Michael McCord. Aaron Lucas won his match in #3 boys singles. Coach Martinez said Lucas had to overcome pain from newly installed braces on his teeth. The Wildcats also won the final match of the day as Logan Schumacher took his boys singles match in a third set tiebreaker, 10-8. Coach Martinez said Schumacher was a little rusty due to having to recover from an ankle injury suffered about a week ago.
Several other Wildcats had close matches. Coach Martinez said #2 girls singles player Zoe Wilson led in both her sets before they slipped away.
Coach Martinez is encouraging the public to turn out and watch Wildcats’ tennis against Greenville next Tuesday (September 11) at 3:30 p.m. at the Wildcat Tennis Center. He called it perhaps the biggest match in his five year career here as head coach. Both teams are expected to battle for playoff seeding.