Corsicana Daily Sun
No problem. That was the plan. That was the goal and that was exactly what Corsicana’s tennis team pulled off this season, capping a perfect run through District 16-4A with a 16-2 win over Jacksonville on Tuesday, right their on the Tigers own court to clinch their second title in a row.
The sequel was sweet. It might have been expected after last year’s young group played so well, but that doesn’t mean the Corsicana kids didn’t savor it.
“The kids were really excited and they were celebrating afterward,’’ said coach Chad White, who heard from his kids months ago that they planned on winning the title. “They took a lot of pictures. Parents were taking pictures and the kids were taking some goofy pictures, just celebrating. The kids were really excited.’’
There’s nothing goofy about the way the Tigers took apart the teams in the district. They swept everyone and the closet match they had was a 15-2 win over Whitehouse.
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“It had been five years since we had won the district when we won it last year,’’ White said. “So winning it last year was a big deal, but for us to win it two years in a row means a lot to the kids.’’
These Corsicana kids talked about winning the district title back in August, and they simply got better and better as they drove through the district in a never slow-down run to the title.
The Tigers have now won 11 of their last 12 and are 18-3 for the season. They swept through the District 16-4A roll call, beating everyone in the East Texas-laden league, and beating them soundly to finish with at a perfect 6-0.
The next stop is the Area Tournament on Oct. 18 and 19.
“Now we want to go after the area championship,’’ White said.
Corsicana and District 15-4A champ Ennis will play host to the two-day tournament, but Corsicana will play all its opening day games in Ennis and Ennis will play all its matches in Corsicana. If the two teams emerge to play for the title, they will flip a coin to see where that match will be played.
Once again, it was the usual suspects — the kids who have led Corsicana since practice began in August — who made the difference.
Jonathan Castan, Ben Crocker, Tyler Schultz, Brandon Levenson, Jacob Middleton and Daniel Barrera all won their singles matches, No. 1 through No. 6, respectively, and Castan and Crocker won at No. 1 boys doubles Schultz and Levins dominated at No. 2 doubles and Juan Torres, and Vicente Castillo won at boys No. 3 doubles.
Maggie Phinney lost a tough match to the district’s defending champ Ellie Day at No. 1 girls singles, but Phinney and Caroline Kennemore came back to win at girls No. 1 doubles. Cecilia Hernandez and Chelsea Vandiver won at No. 3 girls doubles and Middleton and Ellen Yates won at mixed doubles. Kennemore (No. 2), Betancourt (No. 3), Vandiver (No. 4), Yates (No. 5) and Laura Flores (No. 6) all won their singles matches.