WICHITA FALLS — Needing a victory to finish no worse than third and have an opportunity at a potential playback match for the second seed and a berth in the state tournament, the Brownwood High tennis team instead was turned away by Burkburnett Saturday.
The Lions and Lady Lions were dealt an 11-8 loss to finish fourth at the Texas Tennis Coaches Association Region 2 Tournament. Brownwood upset Iowa Park, 10-7, in its opening match Friday, then fell to No. 1 seed Vernon by a 16-3 count to end the first day of action.
In Saturday’s match against Burkburnett, Brownwood trailed 4-3 after doubles action. In singles plays, Brownwood was only able to add five more victories, while Burkburnett chalked up the seven required to capture the match.
The Lions tallied victories in eight of their nine matches, including sweeping all three doubles contests.
Collecting doubles wins on the boys side were the teams of Brian Bowen and Mark Johnson (8-1 over Winkles-Ball), Benny Salazar and Joaquin Alonzo (8-2 over Rios-Corsau) and Noah Marlin and Matthew Bryant (9-8 [7-2] over Canham-Mobedano).
Chalking up singles wins for the Lions were Johnson (6-0, 6-0 over Esteban Kios), Alonzo (7-6 [7-0], 6-1 over Mason Winkles), Marlin (6-3, 6-4 over Colby Corsaut), Salazar (6-1, 6-1 over Kode Mullens) and Aaron Pulley (6-4, 6-4 over Peyton White).
The Lady Lions were denied a victory in either doubles or singles action.
Competing in singles action were Emily Harding (6-0, 6-1 loss to Hannah Galbraith), Delaney Bennett (6-4, 6-3 loss to Kasey Coker), Stephanie Thompson (6-0, 6-1 loss to Lauren Moon), Rosie Cadena (6-1, 6-0 loss to Kendyl Berry), Lindsey Williams (6-2, 7-5 loss to Kara Miller) and Bailey Bishop (6-0, 6-1 loss to Alydia Bell).
Doubles participants included the teams of Harding and Bennett (8-2 loss to Coker-Moon), Thompson and Mabrey Sharpe (8-2 loss to Galbreath-Warren) and Williams and Karina Garcia (8-4 loss to Ball-Berry).
Brownwood’s mixed doubles team of Cadena and Casey Shannon also fell by an 8-4 count to Burkburnett’s Organ-Miller duo.