Young Mustangs squad advances to semis, downed by Carroll

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The Grapevine tennis team could not have asked for much more from the fall season, and coach Angel Martinez said that he is proud of what his players were able to accomplish.

The Mustangs won the bi-district and area rounds of the newly formatted postseason earlier this month and advanced to the semifinals round of the regional tournament before losing to Southlake Carroll.

“I was very satisfied with our performance at region,” Martinez said. “Considering the fact that we are all still freshmen and sophomores. Most of the teams we played were senior-laden with a lot of experience, and experience really proved to be the difference.”

Grapevine was the No. 2 seed in the regional tournament and defeated Duncanville 10-0 in the first round of the competition.

The Mustangs lost 10-7 in the semifinals round to Carroll.

“Carroll was in the regional semifinals last year and the year before that,” Martinez said. “That experience proved to be vital for them. But our kids understand that we are better for the wear. It was tough for our seniors, but they understand what we accomplished.”

Grapevine defeated Flower Mound, Marcus and Coppell at district, bi-district and area to advance to region, defeating the Marauders 10-3, Flower Mound 10-2 and Coppell 10-0 along the way.

Martinez had expressed some misgivings about the new playoff format this year, and said that he still has them, but mainly for teams for which it makes things difficult.

“It's not a big deal for us, but when you go out west, it's a huge deal, because those teams have to travel incredible distances,” Martinez said. “For example, in the area final, El Paso Coronado had to travel six hours, and San Angelo Central had to travel three hours, so they could meet and play.

“That happens in other parts of the state as well, and I'm not sure that is such a great deal.”

Martinez said he had a number of excellent performances throughout the postseason, but said one player in particular was especially impressive.

“As far as individual standouts, I believe that Madison Cless was a player that won all of her singles and all of her doubles matches,” Martinez said. “She played exceptionally well.”

Grapevine was ranked sixth heading into the regional tournament and will likely be ranked in the top 10 in the state at the end of the fall.

Martinez said it was very successful fall season and said he hopes his players take away.

“It think the most important thing is is the experience,” Martinez said. “But also, it's an education for us, in that you can't make mistakes against better teams that we get away with earlier in the season. You can't give away free points, you can't be out of position, you just have to be solid. We're going to tighten those up, and once again, we will be better for the wear.”

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