By Grayson Edds
The Tiger Tennis team went to Abilene to play some tough competition on Sep. 6 and 7, and didn’t bring home a win, but instead brought a new determination and knowledge on how to improve before district.
“[Abilene] was some of the toughest competition we’ve played all year,” said coach James Stinson.
They played a combination of teams from Abilene High, Abilene Cooper, San Angelo Central and Odessa High. Overall, they lost 1-3, but Stinson was proud of how Belton represented against such strong teams, most of their opponents being ranked in the top 15 in the state.
“We lost a close one to Odessa High,” he said. “We were down 2-5 after doubles and almost came back to win it. It would have been one of the biggest comebacks. We only lost by two matches. A couple of points here and there made the difference. But to be down 2-5 and get that close to winning is pretty good.”
From there, the team went on to beat Lampasas 11-8 against a team that came out strong in doubles.
“In doubles they were ahead 4-3,” Stinson said. “We started off a little slow in doubles, and they jumped on us right from the beginning.”
Belton’s singles matches, however, took them to victory.
“Everyone played really well in singles, everyone kind of got their shakes out in doubles and was able to settle in and play good solid singles,” he said.
All of which led the team to their victory in their first district game against Ellison Tuesday night. Belton left Ellison in the dust 17-2.
Their next match is at Copperas Cove on Tuesday, which they’ll approach with their 8-4 record for the season, 1-0 record in district.