Just qualifying for her first Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) 1A State Tournament wasn't going to be good enough for Faith Academy Bellville freshman girls’ singles player, Genesis Mignery.
She wanted a chance to win the TAPPS South Regional Tennis Title at Lee LeClear Tennis Center in Houston Friday in her first trip there.
“I never thought I would get this far in my first year of competing. I just wanted to qualify for regionals!” stated Mignery.
The freshman started her title quest by shaking off the nerves and winning her first-round match, 8-4, over Baytown Christian.
Mignery then nailed down a spot to the State Tournament in Waco, April 11-12, after taking down San Antonio Legacy, 8-1, in the quarterfinals.
In the tournament semifinals, Mignery found herself down 2-5 against Orange County. That's when the freshman went from settling for a qualifying spot to wanting to get a shot at the regional title.
Mignery regrouped and dropped only one game to win in comeback fashion, 8-6, to earn her spot in the finals.
"If there was ever a test of Gen's tenacity, that match (against OC) was it," head coach Joshua McLain said. "She was outmatched in the first half of play and then Gen just made a decision that she wanted to come back and take it."
The finals pitted Mignery against another talented freshman from Fredericksburg Ambleside. After long rallies and a couple of long deuce games, the Faith Academy Lady Knight found herself on the losing end, 8-2.
"It was a good tournament and a great experience for Genesis," McLain added. "She is only going to get better as she gains more playing experience."
On the boys’ side, sophomore David McClure finished his first regional tennis tournament 0-2. McClure dropped an 8-1 decision to Orange County in the first round before picking up two more games in an 8-3 decision to Cedar Park Summit.
"David gained more experience and fought hard in the second match," McLain included. "He had some long deuce games. It was good to see him rebound from some tough play in the first round."