From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun
Corsicana's tennis team finished its season with a strong showing in the Class 4A Regional Tournament at UT-Arlington before falling to some powerhouse players from Dallas.
The boys doubles team of Tyler Schultz and Ben Crocker won their first round against Red Oak 6-2, 6-3, and then drew the No. 2 team of state power Highland Park. Schultz and Crocker were not intimidated.
“Our guys came out firing,'' said CHS tennis coach Chad White. “They were playing great tennis and were winning.''
The Tigers won the first set 7-5 and were leading 5-3 in the second set when Highland Park came back.
“We were so close to the biggest upset of the tournament against the premier No. 1 state-ranking Highland Park players,'' White said. “We lost that game and then went to a tiebreaker in second set but lost 6-7.''
In the third set, Highland Park continued with the momentum it picked up in the comeback in the second set and won 6-3.
“So, our guys made a name for themselves with competing at such a high level against Highland Park,'' White said. “Our doubles did great by winning the first round and making it into the quarterfinals of regionals. The quarterfinals of the regional tournament is with the Dallas metroplex schools. It's the cream of the crop, the top players in state.''
Maggie Phinney and Brandon Levenson beat Waxahachie’s mixed team in first round 6-3, 6-1., but drew the No. 1 seed from Highland Park in the second round and lost. Cecilia Hernandez lost a tough first-round match to Dallas Woodrow Wilson in girls singles.
The Tigers tennis team, and the five members who reached the regionals, had a memorable season, but Corsicana gets the toughest draw in the state of Texas in tennis, because to advance to the state tournament, the Corsicana players basically have to beat the best players in the state.
“I’m real proud of all of them. We had a great year,’’ White said.