Photo by Tyler Cave
Team Tennis is back into a familiar motion as the Tigers beat Richmond Foster today 10-1 in the area round of playoffs after recently defeating McCallum 10-1 in the bi-district round, now with a 12-3 overall record and 5-1 finish in district.
The Dripping Springs Tennis team had an amazing run last year as they made it all the way to the regional final game before falling to Alamo Heights in a nail-biter. The Mules remain a thorn in their side, handing the team its only loss in district and taking down the title.
The Tigers are now hungry for revenge and are looking ahead towards a potential monumental meet-up in the regional final yet again. But, first, there’s business to take care of as they face Richmond Foster in Area on Thursday, Oct. 18.
“We were really good last year, but this year we’re going to focus on the mistakes we made last year and make sure they don’t happen again,” sophomore and junior varsity player Julia Bourguignon said.
If the mistakes are fixed, then the big thing that will allow the team to succeed in games is simply experience.
“We have several great individual players which has given us a very deep line; this will ll definitely be a key component in getting the team to state,” senior varsity captain Shanle Longmire-Monford said.
The Dripping Springs High School Tennis Team is building this chemistry day by day and it shows in how the players tend to socialize with each other outside of school.
“Having friends on the tennis team is so helpful because it helps us all feel so much more comfortable to make mistakes and learn from them,” Bourguignon said.
Tennis is a tricky sport and managing it may seem difficult but coach Brad Whittlesey sees no problem with supporting his players.
“I love the challenge of having to piece a team together, and it’s great to see the competitive matches in practices within players who are trying to get that gameday spot,” Whittlesey said. “Stuff like that is what makes teams special.”
The Tigers may look ahead past Foster at that marquee matchup with Alamo Heights, but know one key ingredient will push them to victory over their upcoming playoff opponents.
“I think our competitive spirit is what truly separates us from the rest of the district, everybody in our program just wants to win,” sophomore varsity player Thane Johannsen said.
With the team getting into gear it seems like everybody has their eyes set on making it to state.
“I’ve never been to state before but this year just seems like the perfect situation to make a run at it,” senior varsity captain Trey McBurney said.
Written by Rigley Willis, Staff Writer