Sulphur Springs makes clean sweep of Mount Pleasant in tennis action
From Staff Reports

Sept. 2, 2005 - MOUNT PLEASANT - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats made a clean sweep at their first district match of the team tennis season against Mount Pleasant Thursday afternoon.

"The kids did a tremendous job against Mount Pleasant," SSHS coach Susan Reynolds said. "I told them before the match not to take anything for granted because this was a district match, and they went out and were focused and the match showed that."

The boys side of Brant Small, Ryan Thompson, Landon McCaig, Jacob Harrison and Jordan Horne all went unbeaten in both the doubles and singles matches, while Erich Hartin won his singles match, and Blake Holly was a doubles winner. In fact, only one set among the boys was closer than a 6-3 score.

On the girls side, Tara Moore, Cynthia Sanchez, Lauren Longino, Aly Jackson, Morgan McCormack and Kendall Smith, along with singles player Erin Davis, had similar success, with none of their matches being closer than 6-4.

The mixed doubles team of Frankie Ortiz and Crystal Figueroa won, 6-0, 6-1.

The tennis team returns with matches against Wills Point and the Texas High tournament next week, and Reynolds said the teams are set for those tournaments.

"I believe that now that the doubles format is pretty well set so that the kids are getting more comfortable and that carries over into singles," she said. "I couldn't be more pleased at this stage of the season.

"The competition will be getting tougher next week with Wills Point and especially the Texas High tournament, but we're beginning to gel and that is vital in a team format."    

Below are the results of the Mount Pleasant matchup Thursday afternoon (SSHS players listed first):

Boys Doubles

Brant Small/Ryan Thompson def. Pratt/Rawlings 6-1, 6-1; Landon McCaig/Jacob Harris def. Carney/Rodriguez 7-5, 6-3; Jordan Horne/Blake Holly def. Jenking/Cutler 6-0, 6-0.

Boys Singles

Thompson def. Rodriguez 6-2, 6-1; Small def. Pratt 6-1, 6-3; McCaig def. Carney 6-1, 6-2; Horne def. Rawlings 6-1, 6-1; Erich Hartin def. Cutler 6-2, 6-0.

Girls Doubles

Tara Moore/Cynthia Sanchez def. Ruiz/Homer 6-4, 6-2; Lauren Longino/Aly Jackson def. Drange/Hosmer 6-1, 6-1; Morgan McCormack/Kendall Smith def. Kent/Castanon 6-1, 6-1.

Girls Singles:

Moore def. Ruiz 6-4, 6-3; Sanchez def. Hosmer 6-3, 6-2; McCormack def. Drange 6-4, 6-0; Erin Davis def. Kent 6-2, 6-4.

Mixed Doubles

Frankie Ortiz/Crystal Figueroa def. Hernandez/Grayton 6-0, 6-1.

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