Tennis to face Mesquite Poteet in final district match


Kelsey Carroll

Senior Christopher Sun jumps for a serve.

Drew Doig, Staff Writer

The tennis team (4-1) hopes to extend its winning streak to five games as the players travel away today to take on district opponent Mesquite Poteet at 4 p.m in their final district match of the year before playoffs. The Leopards currently sit in second place behind rival Highland Park.

Head coach Adam Cherry expects his team to continue to dominate in district play.

“I expect us to shutout Mesquite Poteet 19-0 and get ready for a long playoff run,” Cherry said.

Junior Dylan Smith said he anticipates a victory but does not want the team to play down to Poteet’s level.

“We have never lost to Mesquite Poteet in the past, but Coach always says to practice like we are playing for regionals, which will be more competitive later this year,” Smith said.

The team has been in command over the last four district matches, winning by a combined score of 75-1.

Last week, the team faced North Forney and came out on top, shutting out the Falcons 19-0.

“I thought our team played very well and I was pleased with our performance against North Forney,” Cherry said. “We had a dominant performance throughout the match.”

As the team doesn’t have much competition in district play besides Highland Park, practice is vital according to senior captain Daniela Benigno.

“Most of the time we sweep the district competition so matches in practice are very important in preparation for the postseason,” Benigno said.

After the Poteet match, the team will play in the UIL 5A bi-district match on Oct. 17 against an opponent to be determined.