Wildcats Tennis Team Gets Consolation Wins at District Tennis Tourney as Future Looks Bright

Wildcats Tennis Coach Tony Martinez says he was pleased with some of what he saw from his team at the District Tennis Tournament held at Texas High in Texarkana last week (April 12-13).

After some issues with seeding involving girls’ singles, Coach Martinez says names ended up being drawn out of a hat.

The draw left Wildcats #1 girls’ singles player Jeauxleigh Cantu facing the #2 player at powerhouse Texas High. Still Cantu battled winning a first set before the Texas High player won the second and the decisive third set, 6-3.

Coach Martinez says the first round match felt more like a semifinal contest. Coach Martinez says Cantu bounced back from the loss and ended up winning the consolation final. He says the girls’ doubles team of Ella Ray and Harleigh Stegient lost a tough match to a strong Longview team in a match that also went three sets. Ray and Stegient also went on the capture the consolation bracket final match against a Hallsville team.

Stegient is the Wildcats’ only senior and she played last week with a hard case on a wrist that she broke in a fall during a tournament a couple of weeks ago. Coach Martinez says a mixed doubles’ team of Tate Smith and Paige Miesse won their first round match before losing to a Texas High team that ended up winning the district championship. He says Mykylie Meador also did well. After playing doubles all season, she ended up in singles during the district tournament.

Meador advanced into the second round before losing. Coach Martinez notes that his team will return intact next school year except for senior Stegient, whose grit and determination will be missed. Coach Martinez says after a couple of weeks, tennis players will reconvene in early May with lots of matches on the schedule in weeks and months ahead.

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Author: Ross LaBenske

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