Lovett sees improvement, but SS tennis players have tough time with powerful Texas High

From Staff Reports

Sept. 23, 2007TEXARKANA - The Sulphur Springs team tennis squad faced another tough challenge on Thursday afternoon and first-year coach James Lovett continues to see improvement from his team though they won just one match from powerful Texas High.

The Wildcats faced the Tigers - who Lovett said was a Top 5-ranked team earlier in the week and came away with a win on the girls side.

"Every team that we have played this year has been a Top 20 team except for Mount Pleasant," the coach said. "We are doing quite well against our competition and this is very tough team tennis in this part of the state. In order to compete you have to be one of the best. I don't see any problem in our future of being a top ranked team."

On the girls side, senior Morgan McCormack came away with a win in singles action over Jenni Markham 7-6, 7-6, as both sets went to tie-breakers. Monica Rubio also had a strong outing for SSHS, Lovett said.

"Morgan McCormack won her match and Aly Jackson and McCormack lost a heartbreaker in their doubles match and they lost in a tie-breaker in the first set and had a hard fought second set," the coach said. "We also had a good showing by Monica Rubio on the girls side."

In boys action, the Wildcats brought a full team to the match and Lovett said Josh Stoltenberg, Garrett Swatsell, Luke Penney, Zach Adams and Robert Stevens played well during the match.

The Wildcats will return to the court on Tuesday at Lindale in a rematch from earlier this season. The match is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.

"This week we are going to Lindale on Tuesday and this is our last district match," he said. "I know what we are up against and I am pretty optimistic that we are going to take some matches from them. They are a pretty tough team, but we are getting better all the time.

"We are going to go out there and try to be consistent and keep the ball in play. If we can do that, then we should be able to take some matches from them."

With the confidence the team gained during their win over Mount Pleasant and the way they played against Texas High, Lovett said the players are starting to perform better.

"After the win against Mount Pleasant it has started to bring them around and they are really becoming better," Lovett said. "Our senior leadership is starting to show up a little bit and we are starting to get more organized like a team. The kids are becoming more and more excited about tennis."

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