MARBLE FALLS — In a matter of days, the Marble Falls High School tennis team will see if it can continue the success of the fall.
The Mustangs advanced to the regional tournament in team tennis last semester for the first time in two decades. Now they hope to have several members compete as individuals.
PHOTO 1: Devon Dockery steps into a forehand. Photos by Virgil Belk/Hill Country Sports Images
PHOTO 2: Kyleigh Ann Futrell wins a point.
Marble Falls will host the District 25-4A meet Tuesday and Wednesday at the new high school tennis courts, 2101 Mustang Drive.
Head coach Tim Bourke said the athletes are using the days leading up to the tournament wisely.
“It’s a matter of getting the kids ready to play,” Bourke said.
The girls doubles team of senior Devon Dockery and junior Kyleigh Ann Futrell are seeded No. 2.
“They have a good shot at going to the regional tournament,” the coach said. “They’re going to have to play well. If they fall off, I’m not as confident. If they play to their ability, they have a shot.”
The mixed doubles team of juniors Connor Docherty and Afton Heintz are seeded No. 2.
“They have a shot,” Bourke said. “We put them in as good a position as they can be to get out of district.”
The two were the Marble Falls’ No. 1 singles players.
“They’ve been wanting to do it all year,” Bourke said. “In the spring I take the position of letting the kids choose what they want to do. If they don’t work out, they only have themselves to blame. It’s making them grow up a little bit.”
Docherty advanced to the regional meet as a singles player last year.
He noted Docherty and Heintz are different in their approaches to the sport.
“There’s a chance that can work,” the coach said.
The players to beat are from Lake Travis. The top two boys and girls singles and doubles teams and mixed doubles teams advance to the Class 4A Region 4 Tournament later in the month.
Bourke said his underclassmen have gained valuable experience during the spring.
“We’ve been having to play a lot of kids up,” he said. “It’s good for them to see what they have to do to compete at a higher level. They need to be in freshmen and JV tournaments to build slowly. We’ve thrown them to the wolves.”
Tennis is not the only chance students have to shine, the coach said. Some play different sports, while others are student leaders or participate in Future Farmers of America.
“There’s a lot of activity in school,” he said. “The kids are involved in a lot of things.”
Bourke said he was feeling good going into the district tournament.
“We couldn’t ask for a better draw,” he said. “Based off of what we know of our opponents.”