Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 6, 2014

CHS tennis: Tigers playing well as they host tournament

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Corsicana High’s rich and storied tradition in tennis is in good shape as the Tigers have made strides during the spring tennis season.

The Tigers, who have played well this spring, will be the hosts to one of the top tournaments of the spring on Friday when 16 schools and 256 players will compete in the Corsicana Spring Break Slam.

Tennis players from All Saints, Malakoff, Athens, Mexia, Bryan, Nacogdoches, Van, Greenville, Willis, Groesbeck, Jacksonville, John Tyler, Kilgore, Lindale and Corsicana will compete in the daylong event. Three courts will be used for the tournament: The courts at Corsicana High School, the Mertz Tennis courts and the tennis courts at Collins Middle School.

It will be another measuring stick for Corsicana’s players, who have done well this spring.

The Tigers’ fall tennis team not only won the district title but advanced in the playoffs, and now many of the same kids are having strong spring seasons.

Jonathan Castan, who won the district title last year as a member of the boys doubles team and had a remarkable fall season, is leading the way for the boys team this spring as Corsicana’s No. 1 singles player.

Castan is coming off an impressive showing in the 32-team Belton Tournament and Coach Chad White feels Castan will have a good chance of making the postseason again when the Tigers compete in the District 16-4A tournament April 4 and 5 in Jacksonville.

Corsicana’s boys No. 1 doubles team of Ben Crocker and Tyler Schultz also has played well this spring and could make it to the post season. They just had a strong showing at Belton, where they finished third in the 32-team field that included several Class 5A schools.

“Jonathan has really done well,’’ White said. “And Ben Crocker and Tyler Schultz are doing really well.’’

Cecilia Hernandez has stepped up and had a strong season at the girls No. 1 singles spot and the girls No. 1 doubles team of Ellen Yates and Michelle Cho has played well. White is changing his mixed doubles team and the new combo of Brandon Levinson and Maggie Phinney, who was the girls No. 1 singles player and played on the girls No. 1 doubles team in the fall.

“Cecilia Hernandez was No. 4 in the fall, and she has been outstanding in every tournament we’ve played,’’ White said. “I wouldn’t say she has been a surprise. I thought she would play well.’’

That’s the idea right now.

“In the spring it’s all individuals,’’ White said. “We play in the tournaments to get the experience and improve. It makes them better. You don’t get better by just practicing.’’

Corsicana has held its own in the large tournaments.

“I’d say we’ve done well,’’ White said. “The tournaments we go to have stiff competition.’’

The Tigers will be in the hunt on Friday when they host their own tournament ...