The good thing for Wildcats Team Tennis is that they are now through with the district’s projected top two teams, perennial district champ Texas High and Longview. Both defeated the Wildcats, 19-0. The Wildcats lost to Longview Wednesday at the Wildcat Tennis Center. The match was played Wednesday after a rain out on Tuesday. Wildcats Tennis Coach Tony Martinez said it’s always tough when you play Longview. Longview is back as a district foe after several years in Class 6A. Coach Martinez has a lot of respect for the Lobos and he said their coach and kids are classy. He felt the talented Lobos did not punish or beat up the Wildcats’ players. Coach Martinez said they just kept the ball in play and saw the Wildcats hit balls into the net and out of bounds. He said the Wildcats did have some good rallies in their sets. Despite the shutout loss, Coach Martinez said his players kept smiles on their faces. He said there was no crying. With Texas High and Longview over with, the Wildcats have a most important match coming up next Tuesday at Pine Tree. Coach Martinez predicted that the winner of that key match would earn a playoff spot. He said he feels a key to winning that match might be in girls doubles and Coach Martinez thought his girls doubles teams hung in there fairly well with Longview. Overall he said the Longview match was a good learning experience for his team. The Wildcats are 1-2 in district play and 2-2 for the season.
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