Grapevine Courier

March 17, 2014

Grapevine tennis looking tough to beat as postseason nears

The squad that made last year’s semifinals has been turning in top finishes at recent tournaments and plays at Texas A&M this week.

The Grapevine tennis team appears to be picking up right where it left off in the fall this spring season, and coach Angel Martinez said he has a lot to be optimistic about.

Grapevine won the bi-district and area rounds of the newly formatted postseason earlier in the fall and advanced to the semifinal round of the regional tournament before losing to Southlake Carroll.

With three top two finishes in each of their tournaments this spring, Martinez said that he is getting good contributions from a lot of players.

“The kids are doing really, really well,” Martinez said. “The weather has wreaked havoc with the tournaments. We've played in three, and we won the Keller Tournament. We took second at the Corsicana Tournament because we were missing a players. If not, we would have won. And then we took second at the Coppell tournament. So we are doing very well.”

Martinez said that he has a couple of players that are competing especially well at the moment.

“Our boys doubles and our mixed doubles are both playing very well,” Martinez said. “The boys have faced each other in the finals of the last two tournaments. That's pretty huge.”

Martinez said that following such a strong fall season, the objective for the spring is to carry that success on in the form of district titles and regional appearances.

“We are trying to get as many people out the regional tournaments as we can, and win as many district championships as we can,” Martinez said. “Then, of course, we'd like to win team championships. At district, we feel that we good about all of our players chances to compete for a district championship.”

Grapevine is preparing to compete in a tournament at Texas A&M this coming Thursday, where Martinez said the expectations are to compete and to gain as much experience for his players as he can.

“There are going to be 16 teams, and it will be some really good competition because we are going to see a lot of the Houston-area teams,” Martinez said. “It's going to be pretty tough. We just want our players to play well. We want for our kids to be peaking at this time of the season, because right after that, we are going to be going into district.”

The 6-5A district tournament will take place on April 2-3 at Grapevine High School.

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