The Byron Nelson girls tennis team took district champion honors last week, while the boys team finished fourth, earning the Bobcats a third place overall team finish.In the process of placing in the tough District 5-4A meet with perennial standouts Wichita Falls and Wichita Falls Rider, Nelson will send three players and an alternate to the regional meet in Abilene.Nelson finished just one match behind Wichita Falls Rider and just three match wins behind district champion Wichita Falls.Brooke Tauren, a Nelson sophomore, was the girls singles champion.Last year as a freshman, Tauren went to the regional tournament in girls doubles.Also qualifying for the next round toward a state meet opportunity are mixed doubles partners Kyle Green and Ashton Wunsch.Green and Wunsch finished as runners-up to the Rider tandem.Earning alternate status is Bobcats singles player Caroline Long, who finished third at the district tournament. The Nelson boys duo of Clay Angeli and Brady Whitfield finished fourth.Head coach Christine Davis said the improvement of the program is very satisfying. Nelson has only three seniors, but all three players advancing to regionals are sophomores who qualified last year as freshmen.“We were fourth from the fall season,” Davis said. “They’ve all worked hard. They showed they have the heart to win and showed determination and I couldn’t be more proud.”With the district realignment this year, being paired with Wichita Falls, Rider and Denton Guyer made the trek to a regional bid a bit more challenging for the Nelson squad.“We knew it would be a much bigger challenge and we showed huge improvement,” Davis added.Tauren said the district title was a bit of a surprise for her.“I had been playing No. 2 singles most of the year, so I really didn’t expect it,” Tauren said.Tauren said she’ll enjoy having an extra week of practices before heading to Abilene the following week.For Green, this year’s district meet wasn’t a big change over last year’s experience.“We had a good draw and met a tough team in the finals,” Green said of their clash with the Rider team in the championship round. “We were the two seed in district and will likely be a three seed at regionals. Our district was so tough, only Birdville may have as tough a team as Rider.”The freshman-year experience at regionals will benefit the Bobcats, Green said.“We could have done better last year but we had the number one seed in the first round,” Green said. “We can go deeper this year.”The regional tournament in Abilene will be April 15-16, with the top two placers advancing to the state tournament.