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Despite loss, Mustang tennis team makes progress

CEDAR PARK — An 8-10 loss to the Cedar Park Vista Ridge tennis team has done little to discourage the Marble Falls High School squad.

Instead, head coach David McDonald said the Mustangs are making significant progress.

“We’re getting better every week,” he said.

Marble Falls (1-2) led 8-7 with four matches remaining — boys Nos. 5 and 6 singles and girls Nos. 5 and 6 singles.

The Rangers won both remaining boys matches and No. 5 girls to take the overall head-to-head matchup in District 25-4A.

Freshman Brandi Kuhlmann lost her first set 6-8 in a tiebreaker in No. 6 singles but was leading 3-0 when the match was called off after the Rangers earned the 10th point for the win.

That’s why McDonald was upbeat.

“They’re getting better,” he said of his squad. “They’re not giving up anymore. They’re getting match tough. They need a little more maturity.”

He used sophomore Ben Stripling as an example.