Strong start for Fall Tennis


New Tennis Head Coach Robert Headrick is excited for the opportunity to be coaching the Liberty Hill Panthers Varsity tennis team this fall and thinks that he has a strong roster of players that will lead them into the spring.

After coaching football for 10 years, Coach Headrick finds that there is definitely a different level of intensity with coaching tennis.

“I am picking up on things, but coaching kids is coaching kids,” Coach Headrick said. “My adjustment to being the tennis coach is going fine. The kids are all eager to learn and play and take coaching really well. I am still getting to know the kids on the tennis team. So far they are a great group of kids.”

Liberty Hill was scheduled to play their bitter rivals Burnet on Tuesday Sept. 10, but the match was postponed until Oct. 2 after heavy rainfall made the matches unplayable.

“We were playing pretty well until it started raining and the match was postponed,” Headrick said.

Coach Headrick has a talented roster of players this fall and will add even more in the spring once they start playing for district titles, regionals, and state events.

“Fall Tennis is not a state event for 3A yet,” Coach Headrick said. “Fall Tennis is a great way for the kids to get in some practice time and play some matches against other schools and maybe some opponents they don’t know so well.”

The players who will be featured on the Varsity roster this fall are: Graham Vaandrager, Bo Miller, Austin Maxwell, Dustin Taylor, Robert Candler, Chase Franklin, Josh Sudekum, Cooper Badon, Kendall Badon, Lindsey Cowdrey, Alex Svetlik, Katy Warner, Lucy Miller, Emily Young, Bridgett House, Amanda Woodbury, Frances Prewitt, Devrie Duncan and Kerri Bunting.

“Since we are playing only a varsity schedule for Fall Tennis this year, there were others that tried out that should be back in the spring,” Coach Headrick said. “If all these players come back out in the spring, I think we will have a strong nucleus to compete for the district title.”

Liberty Hill added eight brand new tennis courts this year with the opening of the new Liberty Hill High School.

“The facilities are amazing,”  Headrick said. “What a great facility to start coaching tennis.”

Since playing Rouse High School last week, Coach Headrick says that there is definitely an improvement in the team and he looks forward to the upcoming matches and seeing the kids compete and grow.

The Tennis team will host Gatesville on Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. at the new tennis courts.