Kyle, Tx – The Lobo Varsity Tennis team hit the fall season running Saturday morning with two dual matches against Connally and Killeen. After a successful tryout tournament earlier in the week, Coaches Orlando De La Fuente and Mark Cisneros were eager to see what their largely-new team would bring to the table.
The Lobos battled Connally first, a team they had beaten soundly each of the last two seasons. While Lehman graduated four of their top five girls last year, three freshman proved their tenacity, earning their spot on varsity this season and did not disappoint. Without even having stepped in a high school classroom yet, freshmen Mady Mireles and BB Thomsen earned a doubles win over the Cougars 8-6. Thomsen then followed that up with an arduous tiebreaker win in the 6 spot of girls singles 9-8 (7-2). But despite some strong play from the ladies, the Lobos ultimately fell short of a top-sided Cougar team losing 13 matches to 6.
Learning from their mistakes, the Lobos quickly turned things around. After a short lunch break, Lehman welcomed the Kangaroos from Killeen for their second dual match of the day. Battling 100-degree temperatures, the Lobos were not phased and got to a quick start, winning all seven of their doubles matches. With all the momentum in their favor, Lehman cruised to a 15-4 win over Killeen.
The Lobos next participate in an 8-team dual match tournament hosted by San Marcos High School on Thursday and Friday. They travel to Schertz-Clemens Thursday morning for the first round of the tournament.
MATCH OF THE DAY: There were several close matches out of the 38 that were played Saturday but the first Match of the Day honors of the new season goes to freshman BB Thomsen, who gutted out a singles win in her first-ever high school singles match. Both girls were neck-and-neck the entire match, trading games along the way. BB found herself down a game several times and battled back from 8-6 to force a tiebreak. The momentum carried her into the tiebreak where she closed it out 7-2.