Perhaps the worst is now over for Wildcats Team Tennis. Last week, the Wildcats met district favorite Texas High in Texarkana and took a 19-0 loss. On Wednesday, the Wildcats faced the team expected to give the Tigers their sternest test, the Longview Lobos. The result Wednesday was another 19-0 loss.
To make things tougher, the Wildcats had to play without their top girls’ player, Jeauxleigh Cantu, who was unavailable for the Wildcats Wednesday.
One of the top performances by the Wildcats was the girls’ doubles team of Savannah Lilley and Emily Dick who dropped sets, 6-3 and 6-4 to Longview. Lilley and Mykylie Meador also both put up a fight before losing in girls’ singles, each by a 8-4 score. The mixed doubles team of Kaylee Schumacher and Carlos Lopez-Sardinas won some games but lost, 6-2, 6-1. Senior Harleigh Stegient lost in girls’ singles, 8-2.
The Wildcats are now 1-2 in district play and 2-2 for the season.
Perhaps the Wildcats key match of the district campaign will occur next week in Pine Tree. Wildcats Tennis Coach Tony Martinez says the winner of that match between the Wildcats and the Pirates should make the playoffs.