The balance of the Mason tennis team was never more evident than this last weekend as they won both A and B divisions of the 31 team Mason Invitational. Fresh off their 12 straight team title, the Punchers and Cowgirls continued excellent play. Many of the players were moved around due to conflicts with track, UIL academics, and baseball, but the players didn’t miss a beat.
In A division, Mason finished with 77 points followed by 3A Brownwood with 57 points and 4A Marble Falls with 53. Mason was paced by the boys doubles teams of Price Ruffin/Coby Velez and Leret Hemphill/Seth Hudson. Ruffin/Velez won the A division while Hemphill and Hudson finished fourth.
Monaco Schmidt finished second in the girls A singles and Justyn Tedder finished fourth. Seniors Carley Chew and Tracy Jordan finished second in A girls Doubles. Mason also picked up quarter-final points from Slade Townsend in singles and the mixed doubles team of Luke Gillespie and Katie Smith.
In B division, ousted Mile’s varsity 93-86. Early’s varsity finished third with 53 points. Claudia Canfield defeated freshman teammate 6-3, 6-1 in the finals while Damian DelToro dropped his finals match 6-1, 6-1 to Carlisle of Early. Freshman Grant Stockbridge also lost in a good match with Carlisle in the quarters.
The boys doubles team of Jacob Harris and James Schwertner lost in a split set to the number one seeds but were able to capture the bronze medals. Sam Dyer and Ethan McKinney reached the quarter finals in B Divison.
In girls doubles, Kendra Klaerner and Lanie Schmidt lost in a close finals match to West/Halfmann of Miles. West is a two time state qualifier. Mason’s other freshmen girls team of Kody Criswelll and Sara Powell also lost in a split set to West and Halfmann. This looks very good for the future of Mason tennis.
Mason will work this week in preparation for the district tournament that will be held next Monday and Tuesday at the HEB Tennis Center in Kerrville. Competition should be stronger this year as Junction has a much improved team and Brackettville will enter with a strong boys singles player. Center point will also probably have Rachel Parks, granddaughter of Mary Schmidt, in girls singles. This should make this tournament much tougher than in years past. Matches should begin at 9:00 am.