Marble Falls tennis duo advances to regionals

Marble Falls High School girls doubles partners Madison Dyer (left) and Hannah Dockery show the silver medals they captured for reaching the finals of the District 25-4A tournament April 2-3. Courtesy photo

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

CEDAR PARK — The Marble Falls High School girls doubles team of Hannah Dockery and Madison Dyer was the runner-up in the District 25-4A tournament April 3.

The duo, who began the district tournament seeded No. 2, will play at the Class 4A Region IV tournament April 15-16 at the Blossom Athletic Complex, 12002 Jones Maltsberger Road in San Antonio.

In the quarterfinals, the Lady Mustangs defeated Leander Vandegrift’s No. 2 team two sets to one but lost to Vandegrift’s No. 1 team 3-6, 4-6.

“Both of (the Vandegrift) players are Super Champs,” head coach Jeff Savage, referring to the highest level of players competing in the United States Tennis Association circuit. “We definitely left some opportunities.”

Girls singles players Afton Otwell and Tess Cryer, boys singles player Mike Stripling and the mixed-doubles team of Makenzie Harrison and Jared Edwards each won a match before losing in the quarterfinals.

Most of the Mustangs faced opponents seeded either No. 1 or No. 2 in their divisions.

“We are in a really tough district in every sport,” Savage said. “Vandegrift is a really tough squad. They ended up filling a lot of the first and second places. (Leander) Rouse and Vandegrift played in the top eight in the state in team tennis last fall.”

He plans on working with players at Marble Falls Middle School and is encouraged about the returning players for next year, noting the seniors set a great example.

“We’re losing the top players on our team, but the future looks bright,” he said. “I’m incredibly proud of our players and the parental support we’ve had for the entire season.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com