All 10 SS netters make consolation round
From Staff Reports
March 3, 2008 - TYLER - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats varsity squad faced off against tough competition in the Tyler Lee Tournament this past weekend.
The Wildcats had 10 players at the tournament and all of the players made it to the consolation round, according to first-year coach James Lovett.
"With the varsity squad, I took them to Tyler Lee, and we did quite well over there," the coach said. "We were very short handed with players having college days or taking SATs and ACTs. I took about 10 players over there and all of my players were in the consolation round. They were all in the consolation finals or semifinals, and unfortunately that is when most of them got beat.
"We then got rained out on Friday, and Zach Adams and Robert Stevens were still playing in the consolation round. Their match was stopped and they did not finish that match. It was a very tough tournament and there were teams from all over the state.
Lovett said Adams and Stevens were scheduled to finish their match on Saturday, but Adams had a USTA tournament that he was scheduled to play in and was not able to return to Tyler.
He said the team is starting to gel now and all of the players did well against the tough East Texas competition.
"All of them did very well and Shelby Carter did very well on the girls side. She is a freshman, and she is going to be a very fine player and is showing a lot of ability," Lovett said. "Katie Moore and Alejandra Lira also did well for us on the girls team and they are competing for us right now. Adams and Stevens are also playing well right now on the boys side. Garrett Swatsell, Dillon Smith and Dakota Painter are doing well."
Lovett said the varsity tennis team has added a match to their schedule as they will travel to Longview this weekend to play in the Lobos Invitational Tournament. The Wildcats will play on Friday-Saturday starting at 8 a.m.
TERRELL - The junior varsity team also competed last week at Terrell as Luke Perry came away with a consolation singles title.
Lovett said the JV squad had players in both sections of the bracket but could only come away with the consolation title.
"I took the JV team to Terrell on Thursday and Luke Perry won the consolation singles title," the coach said. "We had several make it to the championship round but they got beat in the quarterfinals and semifinals. All of our players were either in the second or third round of either bracket.
"I was extremely pleased with them and they are very enthusiastic about their playing right now. They are improving and I see a really bright future for these players. They are becoming more and more refined tennis players."