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Fort Worth Paschal tennis player honored for school’s first state singles appearance in 40 years

Fort Worth Paschal’s Shauna Galvin was honored Tuesday by the Fort Worth ISD for her third-place finish at the UIL state Class 6A tennis tournament in College Station.
Fort Worth Paschal’s Shauna Galvin was honored Tuesday by the Fort Worth ISD for her third-place finish at the UIL state Class 6A tennis tournament in College Station. bgosset@star-telegram.com

Before this year, Angela Bartzen was the last girl tennis player from Fort Worth Paschal to qualify for the state singles tournament in 1976.

Bartzen, the daughter of former TCU coach Tut Bartzen, can move over for Shauna Galvin.

Galvin, who recently completed her freshman year at Paschal, was honored Tuesday at the Fort Worth school board meeting after finishing third in the Class 6A singles state tournament in May at Texas A&M.

“It means a lot to me because I love to represent Fort Worth tennis as a whole and especially Paschal because it’s an amazing school and it deserves to be recognized for things like this,” Galvin said.

Galvin, who has been playing tennis since she was 9, defeated Melissa Vizcardo of Conroe The Woodlands 6-1, 6-3 in the state quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion Sammi Gillas of New Braunfels 2-6, 4-6 in the semifinals.

Galvin, who finished 39-1 this spring, qualified for state after upsetting No. 1 Marjorie Antohi, a senior from El Paso Coronado, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the Region I final. Galvin also defeated Richland senior Riley Reeves 6-1, 6-0 in the third round.

“I was nervous to play my final against Marjorie because she’s a really great player, but I was excited because I knew that I could do it and it went really well,” Galvin said. “I was really surprised that it had been that long since someone from Paschal went to state, but I think it was really exciting for me to see that hard work does pay off and that Paschal has what it takes to succeed at 6A tournaments.”

In the fall during team tennis, Galvin went undefeated in girls singles and doubles, going the entire season without giving up a single game in girls singles. Galvin helped the Panthers qualify for area in team tennis for the first time in more than a decade. She earned first-team All-District 4-6A in singles and doubles.

“When we heard Shauna was going to be a part of our incoming freshman class, we were so excited,” coach Rhonda Psencik said. “She exceeded all expectations and is a great student athlete and teammate. She is constantly working hard on and off the court and it never ceases to amaze us.”

Off the court, Galvin excels in the classroom, posting a 4.257 GPA — ranking 44th in her class of 677. On the court, she’s ranked sixth in the state among 2019s, and 12th in the state and 280th in the nation among players 16 and under.

“It’s been a great achievement for her. She did an awesome job this year and we’re really excited for next year, moving forward and with the team in general,” Psencik said.

“I’ve been working really hard in keeping my tennis up while achieving academic goals and it’s exciting that I’m doing so well while maintaining such good grades,” Galvin said. “It’s important to me, school always comes first. You have to do the work at school first before you can do work on the tennis court.”

In December, she finished third at the 14 under junior team tennis nationals in South Carolina. Recently, Galvin bumped up to 16s and completed the Texas Grand Slam, finishing in a tie for ninth in girls singles and made it to the quarterfinals in girls doubles.