The last couple of outings for the Kilgore High School tennis team have not helped the Bulldogs in an effort to return to the UIL’s fall team tennis postseason.
Kilgore dropped matches to both Bullard and Spring Hill in the last week-plus, and now sits at 1-2 in the district standings.
Coach Jason Maroney’s Bulldogs are home for their final two regular season matches: against Carthage on Tuesday at 4 p.m., at the courts beside KHS, of course, and on Thursday, Oct. 22 (a long break) against Kaufman, at 3:30 p.m.
That matchup with Kaufman is the final one of the Bulldogs’ regular season. Bi-district matches are to be played Oct. 26-27. Area follows, and then the regional quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. The state tournament, set to be played at Texas A&M University in College Station, is Nov. 11-12.
Kilgore actually did fairly well in doubles play against Bullard, winning three of the six matches: Grayson Cavel and Drew Adamez beat Bullard’s Cayden Dodd and Koby Dockter, 5-7, 6-0, 10-6, and Garrett Lumpkins and Kenneth Exline beat Bullard’s Matthew Looney and Nicolardi, 6-4, 6-4; the other doubles win was in girls, where Angelica Chavez and Jayci Pyle beat Bullard’s Sophie Clifton and Brooke Minton, 6-4, 7-5. Bullard won the other three doubles matches, and also won mixed doubles.
The Bulldogs won three of the boys singles matches. Playing in the number two slot, Bryce Borders beat Bullard’s Caleb Brooks, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 10-2; Adamez beat Zach Matthews, 6-4, 6-3; and Gage Chism beat Nicolardi, 9-8 (8).
Two KHS girls won their singles matches: Avery LeMaire beat Madison Creel, 6-2, 6-4, and Chavez beat Clifton, 8-3.
Against Spring Hill, KHS was swept in singles except for Madalynn Parrymore, who won her match against Taylor White. Parrymore also won in girls doubles, teaming with Mary Bess Mercer to beat White and Maz Morton, 6-3, 6-4.