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Tennis ends season in regional tournament

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Photo by Auryeal Parker

Freshman Walker Trippe returns a ball to his opponent.

Story by Ali Richter, copy editor

The Tiger Tennis team wrapped up their fall season on Oct. 27 in Allen, Texas. The team was undefeated in district but faced some tougher competition in the area and regional tournaments. They ended up getting third in the regional tournament overall, but only the first place team advances to state.

Texas High’s first opponent was Woodrow Wilson, a team they had not played this season. Comparing records, the coaches thought the odds looked favorable for their team.

“I was more nervous than I was excited, but my match ended up being not difficult,” freshman Jebin Justin said. “Our win as a team pushed us into the second round with lots of confidence.”

The team defeated Woodrow WIlson 10-0 in their morning match and moved up in their bracket. Second round was against Frisco High, a team they had defeated a year previously in order to go to state.

“Playing Frisco High this year was much different than last year,” senior Zack Moore said. “We both had new people and different teams so it was a different match-up entirely. A lot of players from both teams graduated last year and that just changed the dynamic.”

The victorious feeling from the morning dissipated in the afternoon after the doubles left the overall score 4-3. Although the Tigers were ahead they typically have a more prominent lead.

“I felt confident that we would play well against them,” Moore said. “However, I thought we lost some matches here and there that we should have won. We might have gotten those matches had we been given better preparation early on in the year.”

Even though the Tigers fell sooner than they expected, the the loss was not entirely heartbreaking.

“I was satisfied to end the season on that match because I knew that they would likely lose in the finals to Highland Park,” Moore said. “We won last year when it really mattered, when winning meant going to state and not just getting second in regionals.”