By Joseph Garcia
After battling her way through to the Regional Finals in Corpus Christi, Liberty Hill junior tennis player Chesney Goza secured her goal – to make it to the State Tournament.
To get there she endured and succeeded through three rounds, but finally met her match in the finals. However, she won second place and a trip to Austin to play the best girls that Class 3A has to offer.
She is just one of eight girls to make the State Tournament for 3A girls singles.
Goza said the feeling of meeting her objective to compete at the University of Texas for a state singles championship is dreamlike.
“It’s a little bit surreal,” said Goza. “It kind of hasn’t sunk in yet, but it will when I get there. I’m really excited; it’s just kind of on the other side of things (right now).”
Liberty Hill tennis Coach Anthony Escobar was with Goza for the Regional Tournament in Corpus Christi and assisted the junior to maintain her edge.
“He helped me out during the Regional Tournament just staying focused through the matches,” Goza said of Coach Escobar. “He was just talking me through some things and giving me tips.”
To prepare for a run at the 3A tennis title, Goza has a full slate of workouts scheduled for nearly every day leading up to the tournament including hitting with other state-bound players – girls and boys.
“Thursday, I’ll probably be hitting at Cimarron, Friday I’m playing a girl from Boerne who made it to State and then Saturday I think I will be playing with the Burnet boys doubles players who also made it to State this year,” Goza said.
The 3A Girls Singles Tournament begins at 9 a.m. Monday, April 30, at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center on the University of Texas campus. The winners of the quarterfinal matches will move on to play the same day at 1:30 p.m. And the final is set for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1.
Goza’s quarterfinal match will be against Delaney Schroeder of Abilene Wylie.
Also in the bracket is Sumvruta Iyengar (Prosper), Caussaundra Braaten (Bullard), Michelle Walker (Tomball), Camden Rodriguez (Whitesboro), Allison McLain (Rockport-Fulton) and Miranda Townson (Vernon).
No matter what the outcome of next week’s State Tennis Tournament, Goza has had a winning season that included becoming the 2012 District 25-3A Girls Singles Champion.
And behind this young, successful tennis player there is, of course, a family beaming with pride. Goza, 17, the youngest of three children has both an older brother and sister, Noah (26) and Aubrey (23), said her parents Marcie and Micah are ecstatic for her coming so far and achieving her goals.
“I’m the little one,” she said jokingly. “(My parents) are excited. They are really proud.”