Coleman, Ortega take first place in mixed doubles at Waco Robinson


Liberty Hill tennis player Lauren Crow prepares to return a ball during the Waco Robinson Tournament on Feb. 9. Crow won her first two matches of the tournament before dropping the third. (Laura Coleman Photo)


The spring tennis team was in action last Friday, Feb. 9, at the Waco Robinson Tournament and had a strong showing. The tournament was played in eight-game pro sets due to time restraints and the amount of athletes competing. Head Coach Brittni Fausett said she was proud of her team’s toughness against solid competition.

“The tournaments we compete in right now are mostly practice for district and regional competition,” Fausett said. “We want them to get as much practice as possible to be ready for district play.”

The Liberty Hill mixed doubles team of Kennedy Coleman and Gunnar Ortega took first place in the Division I mixed doubles bracket. Ortega and Coleman won matches by scores of 8-3, 8-3, 8-4 and 8-1 in the final to be named champions.

“Our mixed doubles had a really good showing in this tournament,” Fausett said. “They went undefeated in fall tennis and will continue to get better as the season progresses.”

In boys’ doubles, the combination of Nathan Karr and Chris Neill made it three rounds deep in the bracket before falling 8-1.

“Our boys’ doubles lost to Waco Robinson, who has a good chance to win State this year, so they competed hard,” Fausett said.

Hannah Crow and McKenzie Wukasch took first in girls’ doubles in the consolation bracket. They won their matches by scores of 9-8 (4), 8-1 and 8-4 in the consolation final. Henry Madison finished third in the Division I boys’ singles bracket. He won his first match 8-0 and dropped his next match 8-5. Josh Bunting lost his match 8-5 in the Division II boys’ singles bracket, and Tyler Franklin won his first match 8-0 and lost 8-0 in Division III boys’ singles.

Angie Melendy won the consolation bracket in the Division I girls’ singles by scores of 8-2, 8-2 and 8-3. Lauren Crow competed well in the Division II girls’ singles. She won her first two matches 8-1, 8-3 before dropping her third match 8-1.

Fausett said as the season progresses, so will the players.

“As our season progress are kids will continue to improve,” she said. “These are all just tune ups for competing in district play and our kids advancing to regional competition.”