SSHS tennis team sweeps through Greenville
From Staff Reports

August 30, 2004 - Sulphur Springs High School started the tennis team season with impressive wins over Greenville last week, with the boys and girls both beating their opponents by wide margins.

The SSHS boys defeated Greenville, 14-2, on Tuesday, while the girls beat the Lady Lions, 12-1.


"Our guys came out for the first match hungry to finally get some competition. All the hard work we've been doing paid off, and they showed it against Greenville," said SSHS head coach Susan Reynolds. "The guys met every expectation I had for our first match of the year."

The Wildcats lost just two matches, both in singles competition. The other nine singles' wins were all straight set victories, and all five wins in the doubles competitions were in straight sets.

The two losses included the Wildcats' top seed, Cody Moore, losing to long-time rival Tim Vinsant in three sets, then suffering cramps so that he couldn't compete in doubles competition.

The results of the boys matches were (SSHS players listed first):

Singles - Cody Moore lost to Tim Vinsant, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1; Brant Small def. Shane Henderson, 6-0, 6-1; Ryan Thompson def. Keith Kaden, 6-0, 6-3; Paul Pattberg lost to Baxter McConnell, 7-5, 6-2; Jacob Harris def. Craig Combs, 6-1, 6-3; Jacob Harris def. Clayton Torrance, 6-0, 6-0; Luke Panter def. Kory Porter, 6-0, 6-1; Jordan Horne def. Luke Cooper, 7-5, 6-1; Jordan Horne def. Spencer Harmon, 6-0, 6-0; Landon McCaig def. Brian Virgel, 6-3, 6-3; Cameron Mitchell def. Alex Coelho, 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles - Small/Thompson def. Kaden/McConnell, 6-0, 6-4; Pattberg/Harris def. Henderson/Cooper, 6-0, 6-4; Horne/McCaig def. Torrance/Porter, 6-0, 6-1; Small/Panter def. Vinsant/Combs, 6-4, 6-2; McCaig/Mitchell def. Virgel/Oxford, 6-0, 6-1.


"The girls were just as determined as our guys to prove they are ready for the season," Coach Reynolds said. "I was so impressed with their focus and enthusiasm. I told both the buys and girls that this was 'showtime.' They were going to have to prove all the hard work paid, and they did for sure.

"They were very serious about getting a great start to the season."

The only loss was a tough tiebreaker, but the other matches were one-sided. Six of the eight singles contests were by 8-1 margins and none of the doubles' matches were closer than 8-3.

The results of the girls matches were:

Singles - Cynthia Sanchez def. Alex Underhill, 8-1; Katie Hettich lost to Brittany Williams, 9-8 (7-5) tiebreaker; Lauren Longino def. Lindsey Williams, 8-1; Aly Jackson def. Bobbie McKay, 8-1; Kendall Smith def. Carolyn Bushart, 8-4; Morgan McCormack def. Ashlee Garland, 8-1; Britney Silva def. Mary Cauldrilla, 8-1; Trish Byron def. Jessica Bratt, 8-1.

Doubles - Sanchez/Hettich def. Williams/Underhill, 8-2; Longino/Jackson def. Bratt/Darst, 8-2; Smith/McCormack def. Williams/Boshart, 8-3; Silva/Byron def. Garland/McKay, 8-1; Silva/Byron def. Powers/Medlin, 8-0.

"We started the season on a fantastic note and every goal I had for the start of the season were exceeded," Reynolds said.

The teams travel to Terrell tomorrow for a match with a team tennis format. Coach Reynolds expects tougher competition for the Tigers and Lady Tigers.

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