GRAHAM — The Brownwood Lions and Lady Lions chalked up two more team tennis victories Saturday, improving to a 7-1 early in the season with triumphs over Graham and Weatherford.
Brownwood began its day by coasting past Graham, 17-2, while the Weatherford match proved more of a challenge, as the Lions and Lady Lions combined for an 11-8 victory.
“The second match was brutal with the heat but the kids kept handling it like champs, and they beat a quality 5A team in Weatherford,” said Brownwood tennis second-year head coach Crystal Blazek as temperatures soared well past 100 degrees Saturday afternoon. “We're just going to keep working for that district match against Brock, who is going to be a lot like Weatherford.”
The Lady Lions led the way with six wins against Weatherford while the Lions contributed five.
In singles action, girls chalking up victories were No. 1 McKinzie Adkins (8-2 over Sandi Brown), No. 2 Kaylee Renfroe (9-8 [7-1] over McKenna Burhtink), No. 4 Victoria Ramos (8-5 over Shelbi Ruthesell) and No. 6 Aaliyah Uvalle (9-7 over Hailey Toten).
Doubles wins were claimed by the No. 1 tandem of Adkins and Cameron Hall (8-0 over Brown and Hailey Maloy) and the No. 3 duo of Uvalle and Lillian Jonescue (8-3 over Toten and Ruthesell).
On the boys sides, singles wins were claimed by No. 2 Matthew Bundick (8-5 over Aaron Hairston), No. 3 James Bautista (8-3 over Braden Larter) and No. 4 Oscar Ledezma (9-8 [7-1] over Aaron Guy).
Picking up doubles victories were the No. 1 team of Bundick and Mo Goff (8-4 over Austin Marllwardt and Hairston) and the No. 3 tandem of Colton Varner and Peyton Jeffcoats (8-6 over Isaac Duvall and Devan Hairston).
In the triumph over Graham, the Lions swept all nine of their matches while the Lady Lions contributed eight wins.
Singles wins for the Lions belonged to No. 1 Goff (8-4 over Manuel Ortegon), No. 2 Bundick (9-8 [7-2] over Spencer McHenry), No. 3 Bautista (8-6 over Ben Tovar), No. 4 Ledezma (8-2 over Wyatt Westerman), No. 5 Varner (8-1 over Dave Price) and No. 6 Jeffcoats (8-5 over Cody Brumley).
The Lions' doubles wins were earned by No. 1 duo Goff and Bundick (8-1 over Tovar and Westerman), No. 2 tandem Bautista and Ledezma (8-6 over McHenry and John Upton) and No. 3 team Varner and Jeffcoats (8-2 over Brumley and Nick Moreno).
The Lady Lions also recorded a clean sweep in singles action with victories belonging to No. 1 Adkins (8-5 over Adri Arrendondo), No. 2 Renfroe (8-4 over Karen Gutierrez), No. 3 Jonescue (8-3 over Hailey Armstrong), No. 4 Ramos (9-7 over Aimee McShan), No. 5 Hall (8-5 over Grace Miller) and No. 6 Uvalle (8-3 over Ashley Villaler).
In doubles play, the No. 1 team of Adkins and Hall (8-2 over Arrendondo and McShan) and the No. 3 duo of Jonescue and Uvalle (8-6 over Laney Widner and Hannah Whitaker) were victorious for the Lady Lions.
The Lions and Lady Lions will open the home portion of their schedule at 9 a.m. Tuesday when they welcome Killeen High.