Tennis takes on final district opponent

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Tennis takes on final district opponent

Junior Jack Bennett backhands a ball across the court.

Junior Jack Bennett backhands a ball across the court.

Courtesy of Daniela Benigno

Junior Jack Bennett backhands a ball across the court.

Courtesy of Daniela Benigno

Courtesy of Daniela Benigno

Junior Jack Bennett backhands a ball across the court.

Drew Doig, Staff Reporter

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The tennis team is aiming for its sixth win as it travels to face final district opponent Mesquite Poteet on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. The team will look to ride this wave of momentum, as they have lost only one match over the course of their last four district matches.

Junior Gabs DiLiegro credited the veteran leadership as essential to their success this year, as seniors Caroline Burkhart, Alex Droge, Cole McCurry, and junior Jack Bennett have led the team over the course of the season.

“We look up to Caroline, Alex, and Cole,” DiLiegro said. “They are always positive and they help lead us to wins.”

Sophomore Dylan Smith looks up to captain Jack Bennett not only as a teammate, but also as  “a friend to everybody.”

“Jack shows us leadership by encouraging and motivating everyone to do their best no matter the circumstances,” Smith said.

The team will look to extend their district winning streak to five games with a win over Mesquite Poteet. Bennett said the team is working hard this week in practice to keep the streak alive.

“We’ve been playing a lot of matches recently in practice, specifically a lot of doubles, so that aspect of our game should be pretty strong,” Bennett said. “We are just staying focused is practiced and getting as much reps as possible.”

Sophomore Sydney Wong will look to do her part against Poteet as she prepares and practices hard this week.

“We have been doing a lot of live ball drills and doubles matches during this week in preparation for our team’s next match,” Wong said.

Coach Adam Cherry said he’s been impressed with his team’s play so far this season.
“I think we have played very well so far this season,” Cherry said. “I have also set up two extra matches after district play in order to get ur ready for the upcoming area tournament.”

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