LUBBOCK — Burnet High School’s three-player delegation of senior Laura Servise and sophomores Will Gerdes and Zane Freeman showed their mettle at the Class 3A Region 1 Tennis Tournament recently.
“All three left Lubbock with medals and state in their eyes,” coach Tammy Hullum said.
Servise kept her bid alive to capture a state championship in Austin in dramatic fashion by downing Whitney Frazier, the No. 3 player from Abilene Wylie, in a must-win playback after losing in the finals.
The state meet takes place May 10-11.
The Burnet senior edged Frazier, 7-5, 6-3, to advance to the state tournament.
Seeded second at the regional meet, Servise quickly put away Paula Bonfy of Vernon, 6-1 and 6-1, in the first round before facing Kelsey Wolfe, of Abilene Wylie, a nemesis from a year ago, in the semifinals. The pair split last season.
Servise struggled early, but recovered to win, 7-6 (4), 6-4, to advance to the championship round.
“In the finals, Laura came out with excellent serving and volleys,” Hullum said.
The District 8-3A girls singles champion won the first set, 6-3, but the pressure of the regional title match began to take its toll.
“Nerves worked on Laura, and momentum quickly changed at a count of 0-6,” Hullum said.
Servise mounted a strong comeback in the third set “but couldn’t get things rolling,” the coach said.
The senior lost the set, 3-6, forcing the playback for the right to advance to state as the third-place finisher.
Meanwhile, the sophomore doubles team of Gerdes and Freeman, paired together a few weeks ago, took third place and a position as the alternate doubles team to state.
“Even though the duo is young, they played like veterans,” Hullum said.
The duo opened regional action with a 6-1, 6-3 win over a team from Fort Stockton.
In the second round, they dropped a 4-6 decision to Vernon, seeded fourth.
Following a brief rain delay, the Burnet doubles team scored back-to-back wins, 6-1, 6-4 to capture the match.
The Bulldogs, however, were tripped up, 1-6, 0-6, in the semifinals by the second-seeded team from Abilene Wylie.
In the consolation bracket for third place, Gerdes and Freeman bumped Sweetwater, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), with what the Burnet coach called “excellent net play and consistent ground strokes.”