Warrior Tennis Prepared for State

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Tennis Boy - IMG_0094Warrior Tennis heads to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) State Championship today in Waco, where the tournament will be held April 15 and 16.

The 2015 regular season came to close on Thursday, April 2. The team faced many obstacles, the biggest being the weather. The team did not practice for more than three weeks this spring due to snow, ice, rain, midterms, and Spring Break.

“Facing this many obstacles in one season is unheard of, but our boys and girls have fought through it and competed in seven matches in the span of two weeks,” said head coach Chase Hardin. “Our team members showed a lot of passion and willpower in all of our district matches.”

Tennis Girl - IMG_1058The team is young this year. On the boys’ side, four freshman, two sophomores, and two juniors make up the varsity team. On the girls’ side, one sophomore, six juniors, and one senior make up varsity team.

The boys’ team finished at two wins, two losses, and two splits in district.

Boys individual results:

1 singles: Noah Villarreal went 4-2

2 singles: Braedon Gunn went 2-4

1 doubles: Kayson Smith and Aron Hawkins went 3-3

2 doubles: Josiah Liszewski and Matthew Reneau went 3-3

Tennis Boy - IMG_0086The girls’ team finished with four wins, one loss, and two splits in district.

“This is the best the girls’ team has done in school history,” said Coach Hardin. “Way to go, Lady Warriors!”

Girls individual results:

1 singles: Lindsay Marker went 6-1

2 singles: Christine Liu went 5-2

1 doubles: Kirie Psaromatis and Jamie Couch went 4-3

2 doubles: Grace Stinson and Hannah Dickson went 3-4

Tennis Girl - IMG_1197With these results, Liberty had three seeded players for the district tournament on April 7 and 8.

“For the first time in school history, we had a seed for girls’ singles, Lindsay Marker, who was seeded No. 2,” said Coach Hardin. “Jamie Couch and Kirie Psaromatis snatched the No. 4 seed, and Noah Villarreal also snatched the No. 4 seed.”

At district, the boys’ team won second place. The girls team finished in fifth, three places up from eighth place last year.

Individuals who will compete at state include singles Lindsay Marker and Noah Villarreal, and doubles Aron Hawkins and Kayson Smith, and Josiah Liszewski and Matthew Reneau.

Coach Hardin said, “Last year was the first year we have ever received points in tennis in Liberty’s pursuit of the overall TAPPS Henderson Cup, and we look to add to that this year.

“Coach Gina Ernest and I are very proud of our players. In their morning workouts and two-hour practices after school, they continually show us their character, hard work, and dedication.”

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