The Wildcats tennis team wraps up a successful season
By: Morgan Schorn | Published: November 7, 2019
The Lake Highlands Wildcat tennis team won second place in the district this year, and they also advanced through the first round of playoffs before losing to Southlake, a top four team in the state.
After last year's fourth place destruct finish, the Wildcats we looking to place higher and make it through the first round of playoffs. This year's group of players was incredibly close as a team, and readily in support of their teammates.
“Lake Highlands tennis has been so much more than a team to me this year, it’s been a family,” junior Lauren Parnell said. “All of my teammates and coaches here have pushed me to be the best version of myself, and I will forever be grateful for my sweet tennis family.”
Starting the season off strong, the Wildcats took on the Skyline Raiders at their first district match and won by a landslide with an overall score of 19-0. The Wildcats continued on this streak, defeating the Berkner Rams, Duncanville Panthers and the WT White Longhorns — all with substantial score differences.
At this point in the season the team was 4-0 in district and tied for first place with J.J Pearce. The Pearce match was shaping up to be a tight match -- both teams had posted similar scores against mutual opponents. Despite the Wildcats efforts, the Pearce Mustangs edged out a victory of 11-8. This put the Wildcat record at 4-1 and it tied them for second place in the district standings. They were tied with Richardson, who had also had only one loss, to Pearce as well. In the next round of competition, both Lake Highlands and Richardson won their matches. This meant that the last match of the season against Richardson would determine who was second or third in the district.
Besides the standings within the district, whichever team won would also pull an easier draw into the playoffs. The match was to take place at the Lake Highlands courts and was the last home match of the season. Both teams battled hard, but after most of the matches took place, the Richardson Eagles were up by 9-7. This meant that of the remaining three matches, the Eagles only had to win one to secure the victory overall.
Yet the Wildcats prevailed.
The team rallied behind each other, cheering their teammates on. This helped Sam Brokaw, Emma Janes, Angela Landry, and Lauren Parnell win those final matches, and the Wildcats were able to edge out the Eagles 10-9.
“It was the best season yet and I loved growing closer to each player and being able to go to regionals for the first time,” Parnell said.
After closing out district, the next match was a playoff match against Waxahachie in the bi-district round of playoffs. On the heels of their comeback win against Richardson the Wildcats came to play, easily beating Waxahachie 10-0. Meaning the Wildcats were headed to Regionals for the first time in four years.
Although the Wildcats did not defeat the Southlake Carroll Dragons, a team which would go on to make it to the final four in the state, they created great memories and reached their goals.
Tennis is now in off season awaiting and training for the spring season. The Tennis team’s second place trophy is in the A-hall trophy case if you want to see the hardware they brought home.