Kilgore’s tennis team is just that in the fall – a team. In UIL tennis, the fall season is geared toward how players do collectively, just like football or volleyball.
And right now, the Kilgore Bulldogs are about to collect a spot in the UIL Class 4A postseason.
Coach Jason Maroney’s team got a good district win this week over Carthage, even without girls singles number one Mary Bess Mercer. Carthage won only a handful of matchups, allowing Kilgore to move to a 2-2 record in district play.
KHS will host Chapel Hill on Tuesday, and Chapel Hill hasn’t yet won a match as a team this year. It appears Kilgore will finish third in the district standings, behind Spring Hill and Bullard.
Bi-district, or the first round of the playoffs, is set for Oct. 26-27. Playoffs in tennis have the various rounds, like area (round two), regional quarterfinals (round three), etc., but in tennis, they are played a little faster. Area, for instance is set for Thursday, Oct. 29, just two days after the completion of the first round.
The UIL’s state team tennis tournament is scheduled for Nov. 11-12 on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.
Against Carthage, all of Kilgore’s girls singles moved up a slot, with Mercer not available due to injury. It was a split, with Kilgore winning three, and Carthage winning three.
Kilgore’s Madalynn Parrymore won in the number one slot, beating Hadley Green, 6-0, 6-2. Avery LeMaire beat Carthage’s Chloe Overman, 6-1, 7-5, and Kilgore’s Angelica Chavez beat Celeste Smith, 8-2. Kilgore’s Janette Chavez, Jayci Pyle and Tera Harrison all lost their matches to Carthage’s Abbie Funderburk, Taylor Dixon and Sydney Robin, respectively.
The Bulldogs dominated boys singles, winning every single matchup, including the extra match. Chase Borders and Bryce Borders, Kilgore’s number one and two players, won their matchups. Chase beat Jacob Whatley, 6-1, 6-0, and Bryce beat Jayce Worsham, 6-2, 6-0.
Grayson Cavel won for KHS, beating Andrew Alaya, 6-2, 6-3. Drew Adamez beat Sam Ortigo, 6-2, 6-3. Garrett Lumpkins beat Robert Ortigo, 8-1; Kenneth Exline beat Logan Harris, 8-4; and in the extra match, Kilgore’s Gage Chism beat Alec Molloy, 8-6.
Two of the three girls doubles matches went Kilgore’s way. Parrymore and LeMaire won, beating Green and Overman, 6-2, 6-0. Chavez and Chavez won their match, beating Carthage’s Funderburk and Smith, 6-1, 5-7, 10-2. Carthage’s Dixon and Robin outlasted Kilgore’s Harrison and Faries, 6-2, 6-1.
The boys doubles won all three for Kilgore. Chase and Bryce Borders beat Whitley and Wortham, 6-0, 6-1; Cavel and Adamez teamed to beat Alaya and Sam Ortigo, 6-1, 6-1; and Lumpkins and Exline teamed to beat Molloy and Robert Ortigo, 6-2, 6-1.