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Wylie tennis coach Mark Hathorn wasn’t totally certain what to anticipate from his crew this season.
The Bulldogs did not have an opportunity to compete a lot final spring and had their season delayed this fall. It additionally took away tournaments, the place Wylie challenges itself towards the perfect groups within the state.
However the one factor Hathorn did know, his youngsters would compete.
After 18-1 and 15-4 wins towards Lubbock-Cooper and No. 14 Lubbock Excessive on Saturday, Wylie claimed a share of the District 4-5A title with an opportunity to win it outright on Tuesday at Cooper.
“One of many targets, all the time, is to get higher each match, and I feel we now have,” Hathorn stated. “Our doubles has improved immensely and it was nice getting a pair gamers again which were out, we weathered that storm. … I really feel like each match we have gotten higher, my youngsters have gotten extra assured.”
The lineup is manufactured from principally underclassmen, however Wylie has relied on the senior management of the gamers who’ve been part of the successful program for a very long time. Leighton Alford, Sophia Liew, Rebecca Yates and Briana Zullo had been all on the roster when the Bulldogs went to state in 2018.
“To me, the management on a younger group like this will make it or break it,” Hathorn stated. “Jett (David) and Aaron (Giles), these are my two senior boys, and so they have stepped up. My senior ladies with Leighton, Sophia, Rebecca, Bri and Madyson Boon, they’ve all simply stepped up and lead. They’ve lead by instance each day in follow. … With a gaggle like this, all of it begins with the seniors.”
With each groups getting into Saturday’s second match with matching 3-0 information in District 4-5A, the winner would clinch at the very least a share of the title and go into the ultimate match day with an opportunity to win it outright.
If the Bulldogs had been going to try this, they needed to maintain enterprise within the doubles matches. Wylie received six of the seven doubles matches, together with a comeback win in three units at No. 2 boys doubles. David and Trevor Brief trailed 6-1 within the third-set tiebreaker earlier than successful 12-10.
“We labored actually, actually exhausting this week on cleansing up our doubles,” Hathorn stated. “You are not going to beat a crew like Lubbock Excessive, that all the time excels in singles, if you do not have a lead …
“I have not modified doubles groups round rather a lot, I’ve needed to the final couple of weeks due to having a few youngsters out. I feel mentally and bodily we’re in a superb place proper now.”
Successful a district title is all the time one of many Wylie tennis crew’s targets, however it goes past simply that. Particularly after lacking out on the state event final 12 months.
“We nonetheless have a burning want to get again to School Station,” Hathorn stated. “We have lots of successful to do to get again there, but when that is not one of many targets yearly coming in, then they should get a unique coach and totally different youngsters as a result of that is all the time going to be one among our targets.”
Wylie wraps up the common season at Cooper on Tuesday. From there, the Bulldogs are able to tackle no matter problem the Class 5A playoff bracket throws their manner.
“We simply maintain plugging away and play the individuals they put in entrance of us,” Hathorn stated. “It is all going to be determined right here, just about, after Tuesday taking part in Cooper. You do not know who you are taking part in till all people performs that spherical and you progress on to the subsequent. We’re excited. We all know we will the playoffs, in order that’s a superb factor.”
No. 7 Wylie def. Lubbock-Cooper 18-1
BOYS SINGLES — Trevor Brief, Wylie, def. Cooper Bradsow 6-3, 6-4; Vincent Mercado, Wylie, def. Aspen Sulisto 6-0, 6-3; Logan Bible, Wylie, def. Sam Galte 7-5, 6-2; Marcus Rose, Wylie, def. Connor Leach 6-0, 6-1; Jett David, Wylie, def. Eli Finley 6-0, 6-1; Connor Brown, Wylie, def. Caleb Bradshaw 8-2.
BOYS DOUBLES — Co. Bradshaw/Sulistio, LC, def. Mercado/Bible 6-3, 2-6, 10-8; Brief/David, Wylie, def. Ploves/Flores 6-0, 6-0; Brown/Grant Bristow, Wylie, def. Ca. Bradshaw/Leach 6-3, 6-1.
GIRLS SINGLES — Carly Bontke, Wylie, def. Annabelle Etchison 6-0, 6-3; Leighton Alford, Wylie, def. Julia Elliott 7-5, 6-3; Madeda Marquardt, Wylie, def. Lauren Carr 6-3, 6-4; Sophia Liew, Wylie, def. Gracie Wooden 6-2, 6-0; Stealey Crousen, Wylie, def. Chaney Anderson 6-0, 6-2; Kindall Alford, Wylie, def. Jessilyn Mortensen 8-5.
GIRLS DOUBLES — L. Alford/Liew, Wylie, def. Etchison/Elliott 6-4, 6-1; Bontke/Crousen, Wylie, def. Carr/Wooden 6-2, 6-0; Marquardt/Okay. Alford, Wylie, def. Anderson/Archer 6-3, 7-5.
MIXED DOUBLES — Rose/Rebecca Yates, Wylie, def. Hudgens/Goltz 6-1, 4-6, 10-4.
RECORDS — Lubbock-Cooper 0-3 in district; Wylie 13-0, 3-0.
No. 7 Wylie def. No. 14 Lubbock Excessive
BOYS SINGLES — Trevor Brief, Wylie, def. Andrew Azatian 6-2, 6-3; Harrison Bennett, LHS, def. Vincent Mercado 6-1, 6-0; Drayton Stanfield, LHS, def. Logan Bible 6-3, 3-6, 12-10; Marcus Rose, Wylie, def. Bilal Kharrat 6-3, 6-4; Jett David, Wylie, def. Sami Sharif 8-6; Connor Brown, Wylie, def. Sean Kyhm 8-3.
BOYS DOUBLES — Bennett/Stanfield, LHS, def. Mercado/Bible 7-5, 6-1; David/Brief, Wylie, def. Kharrat/Azatian 6-2, 3-6, 12-10; Brown/Grant Bristow, Wylie, def. Jian Search engine optimization/Zafeer Arefeen 6-2, 6-3.
GIRLS SINGLES — Carly Bontke, Wylie, def. Lauren Stanfield 7-5, 6-2; Razanne Shoukfeh, LHS, def. Leighton Alford 6-3, 6-1; Makeda Marquardt, Wylie, def. Julia Welsh 6-2, 6-4; Sophia Liew, Wylie, def. Lilly Easley 6-4, 6-0; Stealey Crousen, Wylie, def. Brently Williams 8-0; Kindall Alford, Wylie, def. Mdelynn Schmidt 8-2.
GIRLS DOUBLES — L. Alford/Liew, Wylie, def. Stanfield/Welsh 6-4, 6-1; Bontke/Crousen, Wylie, def. Easley/Schmidt 6-1, 6-0; Okay. Alford/Marquardt, Wylie, def. Williams/Emme Hocker 6-2, 6-4.
MIXED DOUBLES — Rose/Rebecca Yates, Wylie, def. Shoukfeh/Sharif 6-2, 6-2.
RECORDS — Lubbock Excessive 3-1 in district; Wylie 14-0, 4-0.
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