Wildcats Tennis Coach Tony Martinez said he was happy and perhaps a little amazed by his team’s showing at their first tournament at Hallsville Friday (January 25) in cold weather. He said the team collected five medals.
Coach Martinez had said before the match he expected his team to play deeper into tournaments this season. They did that. He said in year’s past, the team exited tournaments quickly. Coach Martinez said he was pleased his team got so much on the court experience.
#1 boys singles player Jonah Kirkpatrick lost his first match in bitter cold weather but then rallied in a consolation final match to win the Boys A Singles. Coach Martinez said the boys doubles team of Aaron Lucas and Logan Schumacher lost a match to a team from Shreveport that won the tournament but then rallied to take third place in Boys A Doubles. Due to an injury, Coach Martinez said he put a couple of freshmen together in Mixed Doubles. He said Emily Dick and Alex Romero had experience playing together in the 8th grade. They ended up taking 4th place. He also paired senior Zoe Wilson with freshman Paige Miesse in Girls Doubles.
They lost in the consolation final. Coach Martinez said he also went to a pair that played together last year as Brandon Dittrich and Michael McCord lost in the final match in Boys B Doubles finishing second.
The Wildcats play in a Waxahachie tournament this Friday. In the field is a powerful Red Oak team.