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Tennis works to secure play-off position

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photo or infographic by Lisa Parrott
TIED UP. Members of the tennis team wait on Friday for senior Brayden Leinweber to finish his singles game. In an unusual twist, both players were struggling with cramping in the incredibly long match, but Leinweber was able to continue playing, winning the game and match.

The tennis team seems to be as hot as the surface of the courts as they continue to search for their playoff spot. The team is 3-1 in district with solid district wins against Conroe, Cleveland and New Caney this season. 

Varsity play continues tonight with a district match at College Park at 3:30 pm followed by tournament play in Galveston on Friday and Saturday of next week.  

“My goal for my senior season it try to win as many matches as possible and have a fun season,” senior Jacob Player said. “I am practicing outside of school. I am trying to improve my serve and practice everything over and over. We need a win over Oak Ridge to secure a play-off spot.”

On Friday the team won a long non district match against the Magnolia Bulldogs 10-9.  The Kats started with a closely contested doubles battle with many matches going to tiebreakers or three sets.  

“The win that was most memorable was the one last Friday,” senior Marley Kemp said.  “Both teams were tied 9-9, and we won because the opponent against one of our players cramped up so much he couldn’t move his legs.”

Showing promise this season is freshman Abigail Turnbull. After the only win against Grand Oaks and a series of wins against Magnolia, she is setting her goal to post- season play. 

“My goal for this season is to make it to the playoffs,” Turnbull said. “The most memorable win for me was our win against Cleveland because we won 18-1, our best score yet.”

Winning is the ultimate goal for each match, but players can also learn a lot from a tough loss. 

“So many teams in our district are really tough and competitive,” Player said. “They have state contenders on their team. You really learn where your weaknesses are and what you are doing wrong when you play tough teams.”

The team has already made so many memories during fall tennis. Wins, tough losses and great times with their teammates is what the group will remember. 

My match against New Caney is my most memorable game because I had to play three tiebreaker sets in one match that lasted 2 hours,” senior Antonio Balon said. “Then after that match, we got to eat at Raising Canes and it was the best.”

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Ashley is a sophomore and is starting her first year as an editor for yearbook and newspaper at WHS. For the past year she has been in UIL journalism, MAO, HOSA, and Student Council. In her free time she likes to go shopping and hang-out with her friends.
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