Wildcat tennis makes progress in first match

From Staff Reports

Sept. 5, 2007 - In their first dual match of the year, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats team tennis squad won three matches against the Wills Point Tigers and the Van Vandals on Saturday.

"Our first match we started out at Wills Point in the morning and it was the first match of the year," said SSHS first-year coach James Lovett. "We started out pretty slow against Wills Point because most of these kids played on junior varsity last year.

"By the afternoon against Van, we saw a lot of progress and a lot of promise in the kids. We got three wins in three matches at Van, and I am expecting a lot from our underclassman."

SSHS players Zach Adams, Morgan McCormack and Josh Stoltenberg recorded wins in the match against Van.

"Zach Adams won his match along with Morgan McCormack and then we had a strong showing from Josh Stoltenberg," he said. "The doubles team of Zach and Josh won their match and it was real strong."

Lovett said the main thing the players are working on right now is being consistent with their play as they face tough competition at the Texas High tournament this weekend.

"It is just the consistency in playing and some small things right now," the coach explained. "They have a lot of talent, but haven't honed their skills yet. They have to get used to hitting the ball and being consistent.

"We go to the Texas High tournament on Friday and Saturday. The first match will be against Lindale and then we play Van on Saturday morning. We have a couple of other matches and that is determined on how we finish in the bracket."

Lovett said after the first match of the year he expects good things from his squad as the team could compete for the team tennis title.

"I am expecting over the year a lot of improvement and we should be doing quite well," the coach said. "I feel by the end of this team tennis that we should be making some noise in the district. We did quite well and I was very proud of what we did.

"It is looking very good and I am very pleased to be a part of this program. It is very exciting and I think they have a really bright future here."

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