From Coach Lisa Little: MIxed Doubles team Trey Boles and Raven O'Bier breezed through the Div II draw defeating Bryan High 8-5 and Groesbeck 8-0. They fell short of Liberty Hill in the Semi-final match 5-8.
Girls Doubles, Cecilia Parker/Jacquelin Glenn, fell short in the first round Div II after a back and forth battle with Palestine 7-9.
We had two boys teams represent Taylor in the Div II Doubles draw. Trent Wuesche/Troy Glenn and Caleb Nunamaker/Jackson Schroeder all advanced to the Consolation Semi-finals. Nunamaker/Schroeder went on to medal on the back draw winning their Consolation Finals match 6-3.
In Boys Singles, freshman Hayden St Clair battled out with North Crowley in a 8-8 tie-breaker match advancing to the quarterfinals in the Div II draw.
Ryan Kennick dominated Div I Boys Singles eliminating Palestine 8-5, Brock 8-4, Midway 9-8 (7-5) and Bryan High (8-5) for the First place medal two consecutive weeks in tournament play.
"This kid has heart, determination and skill". "There are numerous opportunities to let up or back down in a match, but Ryan has such a competitive drive that he never quits" There were three deuce games in the Semi-final match against #1 seed Midway that Kennick lost, but like
I said he just stays in there and keeps fighting... keeps wearing them down."
Duck Tennis travels to Copperas Cove next Friday February 14 for the Varsity Dawg Classic.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
From Coach Sarah Stressing: The JV tennis team headed off to compete in the Gatesville tournament today. Competing against 10 other schools, the JV kids put in some work after a long two hour delay due to wet courts this morning. Yahir Cancel Soto won his first round match against Killeen Shoemaker but then came up short against Waco High school. Brennan Zupfer and Trever Weunsche won a great back and forth match against Stephenville in the first round but then fell short in the second round to Gatesville. The rest of team played some competitive matches against other 3A to 5A schools but did not have the outcome they wanted. It will be two weeks before the JV team competes again. We will spend the next two weeks working on our games in order to get a few more wins next tournament. We just have to keep putting in work. Go Ducks! Do Work! Win State!
From Coach Lisa Little: Raven O'Bier lost a close 1st round match against China Spring, then won two consecutive matches to the Consolation Finals in Girls Singles. Senior, Caleb Nunamaker also won two consolation matches before falling short in the Boys Singles Consolation Finals.
Ryan Kennick placed 1st in Boys Singles defeating two Waco High players 8-1, 8-0 and two Academy players 6-1, 6-3 and 6-3, 4-6 (10-7)
Congratulations! The Tennis Team will be traveling back to Waco this Friday to complete in the Robinson Invitational.
Thursday, January 23, 2020:
From Coach Sarah Stressing: The Duck Tennis spring season got kicked off Thursday with a good showing at the JV tournament in Pflugerville. The JV players competed against mostly 5A and 6A high schools and put in work. We have only had a handful of practices prior to this tournament and most players competed in their first high school tournament today. All of these kids played well, had some great points, and came out with some wins. Mia Carrizales made it to the semi-finals of the consolation bracket for girls singles. Mia played a tough first match against Pflugerville Connally and came up short. She then played hard and won 2 more matches against these large high schools. Her last match had some challenges but Mia played her heart out! Jacqueli
ne Glenn and Cecelia Parker walked away with 1st place in the consolation bracket. Their first match was against Cedar Park and they were unable to pull out the win. They then played 3 great matches to make it to the finals. They pulled out a 7-5 win against Leander Glenn to take home some hardware. I am super proud of these JV kids and the work that they put in today. Looking forward to how they will improve as the season moves forward. The Varsity team is off to compete in San Marcos on Friday. Go Ducks! Did Work! Win State!