Bulletin Staff Report
The Brownwood High tennis team earned its first victories of the season over the weekend, knocking off Class 3A program Robinson and Gatesville on Saturday.
In Brownwood’s 11-8 victory over Robinson, the Lions swept all nine boys matches.
Collecting singles victories were No. 1 Darren Ridley (6-7 [5-7], 7-5, 10-3 over Robert Dagherty), No. 2 Brandon Thompson (6-4, 6-2 over Ryan Maines), No. 3 Michael Fuller (6-1, 6-3 over Chris Campbell), No. 4 Andrew Harding (6-2, 6-2 over Coleman Swoveland), No. 5 Cody Snyder (6-2, 6-0 over Christian Gonzalez-Torres) and No. 6 Brian Bowen (6-4, 6-1 over Will Schmaus).
Picking up doubles wins were the No. 1 team of Ridley and Harding (6-4, 6-3 over Maines and Gonzalez-Torres), No. 2 Fuller and Thompson (6-3, 6-1 over Campbell and Swoveland) and No. 3 Snyder and Bowen (6-1, 6-3 over Schmaus and Nick Bright).
The Lady Lions also chipped in a pair of wins to push Brownwood over the top as victories came from No. 1 singles player Joan Burks (6-2, 6-4 over Leigh Ann Sudbury) and No. 2 Claire Faetche (6-2, 6-4 over Bekka Godsley).
Brownwood added a 12-7 team victory over Gatesville as the Lions again led the charge.
The doubles teams were unbeaten as wins came from No. 1 Ridley and Hardin (1-6, 7-6 [7-4], 10-4 over Thad Vincent and Kenneth Northrup), No. 2 Thompson and Fuller (7-5, 6-2 over Adrian Tippit and Ranger Fields) and No. 3 Snyder and Bowen (6-2, 6-0 over Kevin Hittle and Chase Bannister).
In boys singles action, victories were earned by No. 1 Ridley (6-1, 6-2 over Vincent), No. 2 Thompson (6-4, 6-1 over Northrup), No. 4 Fuller (6-0, 6-1 over Tippit), No. 5 Snyder (6-2, 6-1 over Fields) and No. 6 Bowen (6-1, 6-0 over Bannister).
The Lady Lions doubles teams won two of three matches with victories coming from No. 1 Burks and Kathryn Priddy (4-6, 6-4, 11-9 over Ashley Adams and Ashley Walls) and No. 3 Faetche and Krystal Garcia (7-6 [7-5], 5-7, 10-7 over Vivian Zhang and Ashley Brugman).
In girls singles action, Burks stayed perfect on the season with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Walls, while Presley Parker added a straight-set win over Stormi Cole in the No. 6 slot.
Junior varsity players picking up wins in the Gatesville match were Nick Bennie in boys singles (8-1), Stephanie Sanchez in girls singles (8-3) and the girls doubles team of Parker and Emily Harding (8-4).
Brownwood (2-5) will be back in action at noon Saturday when it visits Class A power Mason.