LEANDER — The Marble Falls High School tennis team stunned Leander 10-8 in its second District 25-5A matchup of the season Sept. 9.
The overall win came down to AnneClaire McCannon’s match. She came back to win in a tiebreaker after dropping the opening set.
Marble Falls head coach Jeff Savage said the atmosphere surrounding that match is what makes team tennis so great.
“It felt and sounded like what team tennis all about,” he said. “The entire Mustang and Leander teams were cheering after every point during the tiebreaker. Matches like these are why we put ‘team’ in team tennis.”
He also credited Wiley Baskin for tying the team score at 9-9. He also had to win a tiebreaker after losing the first set.
“It was very close matches from start to finish and very exciting to watch,” the coach said. “Our kids showed a lot of grit and character in the third-set tiebreakers.”
The Lady Mustangs gave the overall team score a boast thanks to capturing all three doubles matches and winning the mixed-doubles match for a 4-3 lead. They only lost one singles match.
Savage called the play of Madison Dyer, Kaylin Zavala, Afton Otwell and McKenzey Fox consistent.
“(Their) play gave them all commanding wins,” he said.
Members of District 25-5A are playing a round robin to determine seedings for the single-elimination, end-of-season tournament at the end of September.
“It’s a big win for seeding,” Savage said,” and also for overall confidence in match toughness and grit.”
RESULTS: Girls doubles — Madison Dyer/AnneClaireMcCannon won 7-6, 6-1; Tess Cryer/Kaylin Zavala won 6-1, 6-1; McKenzeyFox/Afton Otwell won 6-1, 6-1. Girls singles — Dyer won 6-3, 6-0; Cryer lost 0-6, 2-6; Zavala won 6-1, 6-2; McCannon won 3-6, 6-4, 10-5 (tiebreaker); Otwell won 6-1,6-2; Fox won 6-1, 6-1.
Boys doubles — Liam Baskin/Noah Guillen lost 1-6, 3-6; Jared Edwards/Wiley Baskin lost 2-6, 0-6; Colby Orton/Kameron Wright lost. Boys singles — Edwards lost 6-3, 5-7, 0-10 (tiebreaker); L. Baskin lost 1-6, 1-6; Guillen lost 0-6, 0-6; W. Baskin won 6-7, 6-2, 10-5 (tiebreaker); Orton lost; Wright lost
Mixed doubles — T. Baskin/Vasquez won 6-2, 4-6, 10-3 (tiebreaker)
RECORD: Marble Falls is 4-2 overall; 1-1 in District 25-5A.
UP NEXT: Marble Falls vs. Cedar Park Vista Ridge, 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Charlie and Nancy Herrington Tennis Center, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls