Making history

Tennis beat New Braunfels for the first time in over 20 years

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Senior Maddie Haas takes practice swings. She won two sets in the team’s 17-4 victory.

Dylan Smith, Staff Writer

Varsity tennis made history Tuesday, beating New Braunfels for the first time in well over 20 years. 

New Braunfels tennis is a district 27-6A powerhouse, including one stretch of seven straight state team titles. The match started with doubles, winning just four out of seven matches having a little cushion going into singles. Two of the boys doubles could have gone either way, splitting sets and reaching the pivotal super tiebreaker. The “supertiebreaker” occurs when teams split sets, meaning each team wins one set. They then play a first-to-10 point game, switching sides at six total points. The winning player must lead by two at the conclusion of the match, which both boys did, paving the way for the win.

The line one and two girls, Kailee Morgan and Maddie Haas, lead the way for the girls, winning both their singles and doubles. Kailee won her singles 11-8 in the deciding third set supertiebreker. She was down 3-8 in the change over, with a big comeback, winning six points in a row to win her match. 

The boys side played well and didn’t lose a single match, winning all nine. Rocco Perciavalle and Luke Cantu won a tight doubles match, losing the first set 1-6 before storming back winning the second set 6-3. Heading into the third set tiebreaker, it was anyone’s match. Rocco and Luke were down 1-6 in the changeover, and it wasnt looking good until Luke’s serving improved and Rocco put away volleys, and came back to win 10-8.

It is a big step for the team and the program on their path to winning first in district this season. With a lot of games left on the schedule, the team is up for the challenge.

Next on the docket: a showdown with Wagner on Friday.