The fall season opener for the Kilgore High School tennis team on Friday finished in a split decision.
The Bulldogs and Jacksonville both visited Whitehouse on Friday – Kilgore lost to Whitehouse, then defeated Jacksonville.
KHS plays John Tyler Thursday after school at the tennis complex at Tyler Junior College. After that, Kilgore’s junior varsity hosts Spring Hill and Bullard on Monday, and the varsity is off until Aug. 30, a home date against Lindale.
Kilgore coach Jason Maroney said the Bulldogs came up short in the three tiebreaker matchups on Friday, and that was a tough break.
“I think there were some first-match jitters,” Maroney said, “and we graduated quite a few of our top players last year. We have several who are either playing varsity for the first time, or are playing several spots higher on the ladder, so they have to get used to playing higher-level competition.”
In boys singles against Jacksonville, Kilgore’s Jack Tyra lost to Saul Martinez, 8-4, and Kalen Ray of KHS lost to Carlos Camacho, 8-6.
The rest of Kilgore’s boys singles won: Trystan Dobbs beat Alex Harrell, 8-5; Kelton Kelley beat Thomas Brewer, 8-4; Maison Landaverde beat Bryan Gluck, 8-4; Kaleb Sanderson beat Casey Coughlin, 8-1; and Hernan Galvan beat Eduardo Rodriguez, 8-1.
It was a reversal of that in girls singles. Kilgore’s Rori Bigos beat Alejandra Hernandez, 8-4, and Mary Beth Mercer beat Lizbet Saldana, 8-3. But the rest went to Jacksonville. Cheyanne Jones lost to Katlin Gonzalez, 8-1; Madalynn Parrymore lost to Angelica Alvarez, 8-6; Chloe Hillman lost to Blanka Cornejo, 5-2 (default), Samantha Linkinhoker lost to Haley George, 8-3; and Avery Lemoire lost to Abby Mathis, 8-1.
Doubles play was where Kilgore shined, and the Bulldogs won all but two matches. The boys doubles team swept J’ville, with Tyra and Dobbs, Kelley and Sanderson, and Ray and Landaverde all winning. For Kilgore’s girls, Mercer and Parrymore won their match, 9-7, but the other two girls doubles teams lost.
Kilgore’s mixed doubles team of Jones and Galvan won, 8-6.
There weren’t that many wins for KHS against Whitehouse. Jones and Galvan won their mixed matchup, 6-4, 6-4; Tyra won the No. 1 boys singles match, 8-3, over Colton Turner; Dobbs beat Coby Welburn, 8-5; and Sanderson and Galvan each won their singles matches.