Starting on the Right Foot: SSHS tennis beats Mount Pleasant in district opener

From Staff Reports

Sept. 17, 2007 - Facing a district rival in the Mount Pleasant Tigers on Thursday gave SSHS first-year tennis coach James Lovett some confidence for the remainder of the team tennis season.

The Sulphur Springs Wildcats defeated Mount Pleasant 12-7 in their only home match of the year at George Fox Memorial Tennis Complex.

"So far, we are starting to gel and play better and I am really proud of the players and especially the girls," the coach said. "We are starting to come together as a team and the leadership is getting a lot better.

"We are getting more consistent. We have a long ways to go but it is a slow road. Consistency is something that takes time and the amount and ability of the wins and game counts is getting more consistent. We are becoming more competitive and everything is starting to look up. We are doing good and I am getting excited that we are headed in the right direction."

Lovett said every singles player on the varsity played well during the match and he said his two senior girls - Morgan McCormack and Aly Jackson - led the way.

"Robert Stevens and Zach Adams won again and we have several other standouts during the match," Lovett said. "Josh Stoltenberg, Morgan McCormack, Aly Jackson, Luke Penney, Garrett Swatsell did quite well.

"Shelby Carter and Kaitlyn Smith did well for the varsity and everyone did excellent. I want to congratulate every one on varsity and they all did excellent."

Lovett said the competition the next two weeks will be tougher as the Wildcats travel to face Top 5-ranked Texas High in Texarkana on Thursday before traveling to face Lindale the following week. Both matches will start around 3:30 p.m.

"These are two extremely good teams," the coach said. "Texas High is extremely tough and I am expecting us to show a real good showing against them this week and go out there and give it everything that we have."

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