COPPERAS COVE — The Brownwood Lions and Lady Lions opened the 2019 team tennis campaign with a pair of victories over Class 6A programs Friday to begin the Copperas Cove tournament.
First, Brownwood — the reigning District 7-4A champion — mauled Killeen Ellison by a 19-0 count, then slipped past Copperas Cove, 10-9. The Lions and Lady Lions will tangle with San Angelo Lake View Saturday morning, then face either Killeen High, Harker Heights or Lampasas from the other pool in the final match of the weekend.
In the rout of Ellison, boys singles victories were collected by No. 1 Matthew Bundick (6-4, 7-5 over Allen), No. 2 Colton Varner (7-5, 6-2 over Lamacho), No. 3 Peyton Jeffcoats (6-0, 7-5 over Rangel), No. 4 Marcos Lombrano (6-0, 7-5 over Hernandez), No. 5 Peter Le (8-6 over Porbis) and No. 6 Alex Smith (by default).
Chalking up singles wins on the girls side were No. 1 Mckinzie Adkins (7-5, 6-3 over Goodman), No. 2 Kaylee Renfroe (6-2, 5-7, 10-7 over Allen) No. 3 Victoria Ramos (over Brown), No. 4 Lillian Jonescue (6-4, 6-2 over Penman), No. 5 Cameron Hall (6-0, 6-3 over Garza), and No. 6 Aaliyah Uvalle (8-1 over Bowers).
The tone for the match was set in doubles play were Lady Lions victories belonged to the No. 1 duo of Adkins and Uvalle (6-4, 6-1 over Allen and Brown), No. 2 Hall and Hannah Netherland (6-2, 7-6  over Penman and Garcia) and No. 3 Jonescue and Renfroe (6-4, 6-1 over Browers and White).
Picking up doubles triumphs on the boys sides were No. 1 Goff and Ledezma (6-1, 6-0 over Allen and Hernandez), No. 2 Bundick and Smith (6-4, 6-0 over Rangel and Purbis) and No. 3 Varner and Jeffcoats (by default).
The mixed doubles victory was claimed by Brownwood's Ramos and James Bautista (6-2, 6-0 over Lamacho and Goodman).
In the victory over Copperas Cove, the girls picked up five wins and the boys added four with the deciding result being mixed doubles — a default victory for Bautista and Hall.
The Lions and Lady Lions each won three singles matches.
For the boys, victories belonged to No. 3 Ledesma (7-6  over Gray), No. 4 Bundick (6-4, 7-5 over Smolen) and No. 5 Varner (6-2, 6-3 over Whitley).
In girls action, No. 2 Renfroe (5-3, retired over Price), No. 3 Ramos (6-4, 6-2 over Gray) and No. 6 Netherland (7-5, 7-5 over Wilkerson) landed in the win column.
Lady Lions tandems of No. 2 Ramos and Renfroe (6-2, 6-1 over Alejander and Gray) and No. 3 Uvalle and Netherland (4-6, 6-2, 12-10 over Dersio and Whitley) picked up victories, as did the Lions No. 1 team of Goff and Bundick (6-4 2-6, 10-3 over Kinere and Gray).