Stevens, Adams win matches for SS tennis

From Staff Reports

Sept. 12, 2007 - TEXARKANA - The Sulphur Springs team tennis squad won two matches in the Texas High tournament this past weekend.

Robert Stevens and Zach Adams won matches against Van on Saturday, and first-year head coach James Lovett said the team played well.

"We were very consistent throughout the tournament and a lot of our games were real close games," the coach said. "They were heart-breakers and we would lose by one point. It is just a matter of time before we turn the corner and go the other way and take those wins."

The Wildcats faced Lindale, No. 15 Waco Midway and Van during the two-day tournament. Sulphur Springs will face Lindale in a district match later this season.

"We started out playing Lindale - which is a very strong group - and we did pretty well against them," Lovett said. "They are playing mostly upperclassman and we are playing underclassman. It was a learning experience for us.

"My expectation of Lindale was higher than when I actually saw them. Instead of them being as strong as I thought, they were not that strong. It was pleasing to know that we can compete against schools like them with some work."

Lovett said once again the team needs to find ways to be consistent in their individual play as well as doubles play.

"They need to learn how to play doubles better," the coach said. "They need to learn how to volley and not make the small mental errors. We have some kids that can play and they make the errors because they haven't been exposed to this high level of tennis. Once they overcome that, I don't think there will be anyone that we can't go on the court with."

SSHS will open its District 11-4A season tomorrow afternoon by hosting Mount Pleasant at the George Fox Memorial Tennis Complex and the middle school courts. The matches are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

"It should be a good match and I expect us to win that one," Lovett said. "Mount Pleasant is a pretty even match, but I think we have the upper-hand against them."

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