Tennis team nets second place at tournament

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The Liberty Hill varsity tennis team claimed second place out of 20 teams at the Rocket Invitational in Robinson on Feb. 12. The Panthers and Lady Panthers will host a tournament at the high school courts Friday. (Laura Coleman Photo)

The Liberty Hill varsity tennis team claimed second place out of 20 teams at the Rocket Invitational in Robinson on Feb. 12. The Panthers and Lady Panthers will host a tournament at the high school courts Friday. (Laura Coleman Photo)

The Liberty Hill varsity tennis team brought home the second place trophy from the Rocket Invitational at Robinson on Feb. 12.

The Panthers and Lady Panthers were only five points behind first place team and district opponent Taylor. There were 20 teams at the tournament, from class 3A through 6A, said head coach Jacob Jones.

“As a team and in individual play, our players showed heart and competition,” he said.

“They fought for every point and the results showed. I couldn’t ask for a better group of students.”

In the division one bracket, Austin Maxwell advanced to the quarterfinals of the main draw in boys singles.

The doubles tandem of Cooper Badon and Chase Franklin lost in the first round to the number one seed, 8-9(2), then cruised to the consolation final, where they won 8-4 for third place.

On the girls side, Alex Svetlik won the main draw to take first place. Svetlik only dropped six games in four matches and knocked off the number two seed 8-1 in the semifinals, and the number one seed in the finals 8-1.

The doubles pairing of Madison Cowdrey and Kennedy Coleman lost to the 2015 state qualifier team in the final of the main draw, 6-8 for second place.

The mixed doubles team of Kade Stanley and Devrie Duncan lost to the eventual tournament champion in the quarterfinals 4-8.

In the division two bracket, Josh Bunting advanced to the finals of the main draw before falling 1-8 for second place.

The doubles duo of Henry Madison and Gunnar Ortega won the championship in the main draw 9-7 for first place.

Lindsey Cowdrey won the consolation bracket, 8-1 in the final while only dropping five games along the way.

The doubles tandem of Kerri Bunting and Hannah Crow advanced to the semifinals of the consolation bracket before bowing out.

Liberty Hill will host a tournament at the high school tennis courts Friday.

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