SSHS tennis team has strong showing at Tiger Invitatioinal
From Staff Reports

March 5, 2004 -- GREENVILLE -- Last weekend was a profitable one for the Sulphur Springs tennis teams, as each singles player and all but one doubles team advanced to the final.

The boys No. 1 singles final had an all-Wildcat flavor, as Cody Moore beat teammate Ryan Thompson 6-3, 6-3. Moore had a bye in the first round before defeating Liberty-Eylau's Dustin Fisher 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. Thompson was victorious over Paris' Trace Cochran and defeated Mount Pleasant's Chase Young 6-0, 6-2.

The boys No. 1 doubles team of Luke Panter and Brant Small won their bracket 6-3, 6-2 over Denison after receiving a first-round bye and defeating Liberty-Eylau in the semifinals.

The boys No. 2 doubles team of Landon McCaig and Marshall Hoybook beat Paris' doubles team 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (8-6) after winning its first round match 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 over Liberty Eylau and easily disposing of Mount Pleasant 6-0, 6-0.

Anja Sturzl won the girls No. 2 singles title 6-1, 6-2 over Mount Pleasant's Nickie Glover. Sturzl beat Denison's Lareza Rivera 6-1, 6-0 in the first round before winning a three-set match 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 over Liberty Eylau's Alicia Busto. Alyssa Armstrong and Krystal Figueroa won the girls No. 2 doubles title 6-4, 6-4 over Paris.

Miguel Ortiz was runner up in boys No. 2 singles, losing 6-4, 6-0 to Parker Jones after winning his first two matches over Paris players, the first one 6-0, 6-1 over Arron Bickle and the second 6-3, 6-3 over G. T. Elliott.

Cynthia Sanchez finished runner up in girls No. 1 singles, falling 6-3, 7-5 to Liberty-Eylau's Molly Dogan. Sanchez got a bye in the first round before defeating Chapel Hill's Mary Lou Thompson 6-2, 6-1.

The girls No. 1 doubles team of Laura Russell and Larissa Knotts lost 6-4, 6-3 to Liberty-Eylau in the finals after beating Chapel Hill 6-4, 6-2 in an earlier match.

Tyler Law and Paul Pattberg won the consolation finals in boys No. 1 doubles with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Mount Pleasant, while the girls No. 2 doubles team of Emily Holland and Meredith Massey came back after losing the first set to beat Liberty Eylau 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 for third place.

The Wildcats got a taste of what the district season would have in store during their pre-district meet in Denison Tuesday, and they found out that a talented foe lies ahead in the Sherman Bearcats.

Moore won his first match 6-2, 6-1 over Denison's Jake Barrier before falling to Sherman's Trent O'Bannon 6-7(8-6), 6-1(10-1).

Sanchez won the consolation finals, beating Paris' Annika Barger 6-3, 6-3. She lost her first match 3-6, 6-4(10-5) to Lady Bearcat Courtney Boothe before rebounding for a win over Paris' Stephanie Smotherman. Sturzl won her first match 6-1, 6-4 over Barger before falling to Sherman's Christine Hosek 6-1, 6-1. Panter/Small won the consolation finals in boys doubles 6-4, 6-1 over teammates Law/Pattberg.

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