Northeast Tarrant

Mustangs tennis sweeps district tourney

The Grapevine tennis team made it a clean sweep at the district tournament this past weekend, and coach Angel Martinez said that he could not have asked for more from his players.

Grapevine will compete in the regional tournament next week, where Martinez said the objective is to get as many athletes to the second day of competition as possible.

“We want to get as many people as we can playing on Tuesday,” Martinez said. “That's the finals and third-place matches, and we want to win two rounds. Once you do that, you have a chance to something.”

Martinez said that he believes all of his athletes will be competitive, and said that he feels there are a couple of divisions that have a real shot of qualifying for the state tournament.

“We feel that both of our boys doubles and our mixed doubles have a good shot at qualifying for state,” Martinez said. “The biggest competition for our guys will be El Paso Coronado.”

Martinez said that 15 of his 16 players finished in the top three at district this season and said that he was thrilled with the overall performance.

“It was the best I've seen in 30 years of coaching,” Martinez said. “When all but one of your kids take third place or better, and the one that didn't finished fourth, I would say that is a pretty good day.”

The boys doubles team of Miha Valencic and Alex Joseph advanced as district champs, and Tine Valencic and Cody Humphrey finished second to move on to region.

Madison Cleff and Samantha Wong played in the finals of the girls singles event and are both advancing, and the mixed doubles team of Keenan Rico and Octavia Malin won and advanced.

The girls doubles team of Kali Hamilton and Wendy Phillips won a district championship to advance, and Alex Kubo finished second in boys singles to move on.

“It was a pretty impressive day,” Martinez said. “We walked away with both the boys and girls team titles.”

Martinez said his message to his team after the tournament was pretty simple.

“We're not done yet,” Martinez said. “They all know that in the past, if we got to regionals, that was great. But they know now that we have evolved and come so far that that is not good enough. We want to do well at the regional tournament, if not make it to the state tournament.”