Springtime tennis, although scored a little differently, is still coached by the same women, and houses a roster similar to the fall one.
Head coach Lynda Mauney, along with assistant coach Joni Baxley, hopes that consistency will help on the court; however, they likely won’t need to do much with a strong veteran presence on the team.
Unlike team tennis in the fall, individual tennis in the spring restricts athletes to only competing in one event per tournament.
Whereas the same boy singles player could also do a mixed-doubles pair in the fall, that single player can only be used in the singles matchups.
So coach Mauney has a puzzle to put together for each match and just has to put the right pieces in the right spots in order to be successful. Simple enough right?
The first test was at Bastrop’s Winter Cup last Friday where two pairs walked away with hardware from the 20-plus team tournament.
Jonah DeLozier and J.T. Rassette started things out with a loss but worked their way through the consolation bracket all the way to the finals against a pair from Elgin in Nisimblat and Remington.
The boys from Sealy took the decision, 8-4, and earned consolation bracket champions in their first chance of the season.
Similarly, in mixed doubles, Macey Feland and Austin Keeton took a comparable route and ended up on top of the consolation bracket as well. The opening match needed a tiebreaker but ultimately went to Cedar Creek’s pairing of West and Nichols, 9-8 (7-4).
But a win over Hutto put them right in the championship where Caldwell fell by the wayside, 9-7, to grab another championship for the Tigers.
The girls’ double pairing of Rachel Faldyn and Tina Pham was the next closest to the plaques, ultimately falling in the consolation semifinals to a pairing from Lehman, 8-6.
The other girls’ doubles group, Rebecca Kins and Abigail Zientek, failed to make it out of the consolation quarterfinals, losing their first two matches and finishing their day off.
Carlos Godoy and Justin Gejewski made it as far as the consolation quarterfinals on the boys’ doubles side, losing to a Caldwell pairing, 8-3.
Finally, in the other mixed-doubles pairing, Kylie Patrick and Brendon Beckendorff grabbed a win before the defeat to Fredericksburg closed their day of competition out.
But it was just the beginning for those in black and gold on the tennis court, with six more tournaments to go as well as some dual meets that will be sprinkled in that will help prepare them for the district competition at the end of the season.
Mauney mentioned only the top two from each pairing in the district will go on to the regional competition, and so on from there.
So her work is cut out for her but she has confidence in her squad that has been there and done that before, possibly leading the way for the rest of the underclassmen to eventually take over.
Until then, the seniors and juniors will lead the team and show that they’ve got what it takes to be a member of the varsity rotation to hopefully earn a trip to the top competitions in the area.