Tennis team nets success at start of season
The Liberty Hill tennis team started the spring season off with several top finishes in a tournament at Georgetown Jan. 28.
“Overall, we did real well,” said coach Jacob Jones. “First tournament, getting the jitters out, we did real well.”
On the boys side, Austin Maxwell took third place in the ‘A’ singles bracket.
Chase Franklin took fourth place in the ‘B’ singles bracket, while Gunnar Ortega was a finalist in the consolation bracket for ‘B’ singles.
In the ‘A’ doubles bracket, Park Collie and Jesse Henry teamed up to take fifth place, while Cooper Badon and Henry Madison teamed up for third place in the ‘B’ doubles bracket.
Leading the Lady Panthers in the ‘A’ singles bracket was Alexandra Svetlik, who made it to the second round of main draw.
Lindsey Cowdrey advanced to the second round of the consolation bracket of the ‘B’ singles draw.
In doubles, Madison Cowdrey and Kennedy Coleman got 1st Bracket in the ‘A’ draw. The duo of Hannah Crow and Kerri Bunting were finalists in the ‘B’ consolation draw.
The mixed doubles team of Kade Stanley and Devrie Duncan took third place.
The varsity team will travel to Robinson for a tournament on Feb. 12.
“That’s a very good one to really test what you’re made of. It’s a bump in the road that you need early in the season, so you don’t gain confidence and play a big tournament at the very end and get your butt kicked. You want to play a very strong tournament in the beginning.”
Since none of the teams Liberty Hill faced at Georgetown last week were district opponents, Jones was able to look at his own players to find areas that needed work this week in between tournaments.
“Leading up to the next tournament, we’re working on things. So, working on break points, increasing the racquet face, generating more speed, more movement offensively and defensively, moving with your partner, finishing the point, communicating.”