Lions, Lady Lions face Pflugerville Saturday
The Brownwood High tennis team continued its season-opening win streak Friday and achieved a first in head coach Mark Davis' 10-year tenure in the process.
For the second in three days, the Lions and Lady Lions dished out a loss to Killeen High, 13-6. Also, for the first time in at least a decade, Brownwood upended Harker Heights, 10-5. Both Friday matches were played on the road.
“This was a good day for us,” Davis said. “Harker Heights was a much better team than the others we have played so far, and this is the first time we've beat them in the 10 years that I've been in Brownwood. We had to work hard and we were tested in nearly every doubles match. We edged them out in four of four super tiebreakers. That helped us out a lot in the singles. They were solid enough that we really couldn't pull starters against them. It was a very good workout for us.”
Brownwood posted a 5-1 record in doubles matches with the Lions sweeping all of their contests.
Victories for the boys were earned by No. 1 Jeremy Roberson and Gabe Hinojosa (5-7, 6-3, 10-7 over Fuertes/Victorian), No. 2 James Bautista and Michael Gomez (7-5, 6-2 over Wasson/Holland) and No. 3 Cameron Smith and Pablo Solis (6-1, 7-6, 10-2 over Bailey/Bohac).
Girls doubles wins were notched by No. 2 Cameron Hall and Mckinzie Adkins (6-4, 4-6, 10-8 over Claar/Boykins) and No. 3 Jordan Stavley and Samantha Ethridge (6-0, 5-7, 10-4 over Fernandez/Haider).
The Lions added three more wins in singles competition by No. 1 Roberson (6-2, 6-3 over Fuertes), No. 4 Bautista (7-5, 0-6, 10-3 over Holland) and No. 5 Smith (6-0, 6-2 over Bailey).
The Lady Lions' singles wins were collected by No. 5 Hall (3-6, 6-2, 10-3 over Fernandez) and No. 6 Stavley (6-2, 6-3 over Boykins).
In the rematch with Killeen High, Brownwood was sparked by a 6-0 performance from the Lady Lions in singles matches.
Tallying victories for the girls were No. 1 Piper Barberie (8-2 over Armania Gomez), No. 2 Kayleigh George (8-2 over Kaitlyn Mancada), No. 3 Adkins (8-0 over Michelle Hernandez), No. 4 Ethridge (8-3 over Kaitlyn Ramirez), No. 5 Stavley (8-0 over Rachel Cannon) and No. 6 Kaylee Renfroe (8-3 over Lele Kinere).
Both the Lions and Lady Lions finished with a pair of doubles wins. Victories for the girls belonged to No. 1 Kendra Renfroe and Barberie (6-2, 6-1 over Mancada and Ramirez) and No. 3 Stavley and Ethridge (6-1, 6-2 over Cannon and Zarial). The Lions' doubles wins were earned by No. 1 Roberson and Hinojosa (6-2, 6-3 over William Duran and Ramos) and No. 3 Smith and Solis (6-2, 6-1 over Roberto Silva and Gill).
In singles action, No. 5 Gomez (5-7, 6-0, 10-7 over Chrys Hernandez) and No. 6 Alex Smith (2-6, 6-2, 10-4 over Silva) notched victories for the Lions.
The Brownwood duo of George and Cade Rector also won the mixed doubles match, 6-1, 3-6, 11-9 over Hernandez and Hernandez.
“Killeen played much tougher at their place, so it was a better workout there, too,” Davis said. “We did handle most of the doubles again which allowed us to pull some of our starters. Our girls are just getting tougher and tougher and the guys are starting to shape up, too. And sophomores Alex Smith and Kaylee Renfroe got their first varsity team points versus Killeen High.”
Brownwood (5-0) will seek its sixth straight win against Pflugerville at Harker Heights Saturday morning.