SSHS tennis team makes final in respective divisions
From Staff Reports

March 1, 2006 - MOUNT PLEASANT - The SSHS tennis team could have played better Tuesday at the Mount Pleasant Invitational Tournament - but not much better.

All varsity players made the finals in their respective divisions, and Sulphur Springs came back with two singles titles and three doubles championships.

Facing district rivals from Greenville, Mount Pleasant and Paris, the Wildcats went 11-3 against 12-4A competition and posted a 25-4 win-loss record at the tournament overall.

Ryan Thompson won the No. 1 singles title, without losing a set, while the team of Erich Hartin and Jacob Harris did the same thing in the No. 1 doubles championship, and Cameron Mitchell and Kyle Williams won the No. 2 doubles.

In the girls division, Crystal Figueroa won the No. 2 girls division, and the team of Morgan McCormack and Katie Hettich were No. 2 girls doubles champs, winning in straight sets in each match.

Finishing as runners-up in their respective classes were Jordan Horne in No. 2 boys singles, Cynthia Sanchez in No. 1 girls singles, the team of Aly Jackson and Lauren Longino in No. 1 girls doubles, and the duo of Trish Byron and Landon McCaig in mixed doubles.

SSHS has had trouble getting matches in this year, with a dual match against Mansfield Timberview canceled earlier and then the Corsicana Tournament rained out last weekend. But, they looked in midseason form.

"This was an amazing tournament for the kids," said SSHS head coach Susan Reynolds. "The weather finally cooperated, and after getting rained out at Corsicana, the kids showed what great tennis they can play in every division.

"It was especially impressive seeing how the players performed against district competition including Mount Pleasant, Greenville and Paris."

The Wildcats had to go to tie-breakers in three matches and won two of them.

"It was a strong showing with some very close matches that our kids beared down and pulled out," Reynolds said. "I think that was an incredible boost going into the second round of our spring schedule."

The Wildcats play their only home match of the spring on Saturday, March 11, when they host Timberview in a JV-varsity contest beginning at 10 a.m.

Below are the results of the Mount Pleasant tournament, with SSHS players listed first:


No. 1 Singles - Ryan Thompson: bye in first round; def. Luke Cooper, Greenville, 8-3; def. Frank Vasquez, Liberty-Eylau, 6-2, 6-3; def. Baxter McConnell, Greenville, 6-2, 6-3, in finals.

No. 2 Singles - Jordan Horne: def. Casey Nunn, Liberty-Eylau, 8-4; def. Jesse Rawlings, Mount Pleasant, 6-3, 6-2; lost to Keith Kaden, Greenville, 6-7 (10-12), 6-4, 7-10, in finals.

No. 1 Doubles - Erich Hartin and Jacob Harris: def. Elliott/Spann, Paris, 8-0; def. Lantrip/Smith, Terrell, 6-1, 6-0; def. Pratt/Carney, Mount Pleasant, 6-4, 6-3, in finals.

No. 2 Doubles - Cameron Mitchell and Kyle Williams: bye in first round; def. Rabideau/Burton, Liberty-Eylau, 6-1, 6-4; def. Cutler/Brown, Mount Pleasant, 6-3, 6-2, in finals.


No. 1 Singles - Cynthia Sanchez: def. Lipita Ibarra, Mount Pleasant, 8-1; def. Melissa Bass, Paris, 6-1, 6-4; lost to Krystal Ruiz, Mount Pleasant, 4-6, 2-6, in finals.

No. 2 Singles - Crystal Figueroa: def. Brooke Aiken, Terrell, 8-1; def. Tana Green, Greenville, 6-0, 6-1; def. Ellen Oswald, Liberty-Eylau, 1-6, 6-4, 10-5, in finals.

No. 1 Doubles - Morgan McCormack and Katie Hettich: def. Sanchez/Burns, 8-2; def. Dozier/Spivey, Liberty-Eylau, 6-1, 6-1; def. Hosmer/Love, Mount Pleasant, 6-2, 6-2, in finals.

Mixed Doubles - Trish Byron and Landon McCaig: bye in first round; def. Hernandez/Gayton, Mount Pleasant, 6-3, 3-6, 10-6; lost to Moore/Samuels, Terrell, 3-6, 4-6, in finals.

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