Kyle, Tx – The Lobos went into Thursday’s dual match with Hays knowing it would be one of the toughest matches of the season. What they didn’t know is that it would take nearly 6 hours to notch the win and claim their fourth in a row against their arch rivals. The Lobos knocked off the Rebels 10-7 in their closest match with them in over four years.
The race to 10 wins began at 4:15 p.m. and the Lobos got off to a hot start early, winning 5 of their 7 doubles matches, including all three girls doubles matches. Freshman Mady Mireles stepped up in a big way, playing at the one spot alongside senior Alex Rivera. They knocked off tough opponents in Makenzie Sutaris and Sarah Mendiola in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1.
After winning a decisive first set, senior Raven Hamilton and junior Ana Heysquierdo lost the second set before closing out their doubles match 10-3 in the third set super-tiebreaker. And freshmen Izzy Carrera and BB Thomsen notched a much-needed win in straight sets 6-3, 7-5.
In what is likely the turning point of the night, senior Nathan Rangel and junior Sofia Gonzalez grinded out a stellar match, coming back down from 5-1 in the first set of their mixed doubles match to win it 7-5. They persevered through a second set tiebreaker loss to win a third set super-tiebreaker 10-8.
Seniors Diego De La Fuente, Alex Rivera and Raven Hamilton all earned singles wins before the Rebels came roaring back with wins of their own from Billon Smithart, Cory Estrada and siblings Phillip and Abby Butler.
The Lobos got their 9th match win Mireles knocked off her opponent 6-3, 6-4. The Lobos were up 9-7 with three matches remaining on the court and the clock nearing 10 p.m. Lobo junior Benu Liburd and Rebel Thomas Farrell were engaged in a furious match that saw aggressive play from both sides. Liburd found himself in a hole early, but came roaring back from down 5-2 to win the first set 7-5. Farrell took the second set pretty easily 6-3. With the team win on the line, temperatures dipping into the 60s and the clock already past 10, Liburd closed out the match with a 10-5 third set super-tiebreaker win that sealed the team win for the Lobos.
After Seguin cancelled last week, the Lobos have now moved to 3-2 on the season, including 1-0 in district. They travel to Bastrop next Thursday to take on the Bears.