Mason advanced 10 players to the state tennis tournament. All the boys and girls doubles teams, as well as the mixed doubles team made it out of the main draw without dropping a set.
Along with the doubles teams, Mason advanced two singles players to the quarter-finals, but each lost out to medalist in hard fought battles. Freshman, Slade Townsend defeated junior Mitch Odom of Port Aransas 6-4,6-3 in a great match in the opening round before falling to the number two seed from Corpus Christi London in the quarters.
Monaco Schmidt met a similar fate as she destroyed Grace Masonheimer of Lometa 6-0, 6-1. She then met senior and four time regional quarterfinalist, Tori Freeman of Lohn in the quarters. Freeman played a very patient match and defeated the Mason sophomore 6-3,6-3.
In mixed doubles, the senior doubles team of Claudia Canfield and Nick Dyer upheld their number two seed as they disposed of Port Aransas in the opening round 6-0, 6-3. They then bean Austwell-Tivoli 6-1, 6-0 in the quarters before beating Knippa’s team 6-4,6-1 in the semi’s.
In the finals, the Mason team met Menard, the three time defending state champions.
Mason matched up well early, but the Yellowjacket team didn’t make any errors and were able to out battle us for the gold. We will have to play a lot steadier and keep the ball in the court better if we get a chance to play them at state. Their serving and return percentage was much better than ours and we have to improve in that area if we are to give them a run for the championship.
In boys doubles the senior team of Price Ruffin (returning state champion) and Coby Velez took the gold medal with a hard fought win over teammates senior Leret Hemphill and sophomore Seth Hudson 7-5,6-3. It was a well played match with both team playing aggressive net.
Ruffin and Velez dropped only four games going into the finals match as they defeated Oglesby, Shiner, and D’Hanis (a team the we defeated last year 7-6,7-5). Hemphill and Hudson had a little tougher time reaching the finals, but never dropped a set as they defeated Austwell-Tivoli, Port Aransas, and Thorndale on their way to the finals.
The girl’s doubles looked much like the boys as the top seeded team of seniors Carley Chew and Traci Jordan (three time state champion in her own right) dropped only four games on their way to the finals. They defeated North Zulch, McMullen County, and Latexo. The much younger team of sophomore Kirsten Allen and freshman Kenley Stockbridge had little problem deposing of Normangee, Thrall, and a strong team from Utopia.
Both teams played better and better each match as it set up a good finals match. The seniors jumped on the first set and won 6-0, but the younger girls battled back in the second set to stretch it to 6-4.
The draws for the state meet look great as the boys and girls teams will take the court at 10:00 am on Monday morning at the Texas A&M courts. Mixed doubles will start at 12:00 noon. Ruffin/Velez will play Hubbard first round while Hemphill/Hudson will have Blue Ridge. Chew/Jordan will take on Miles while Allen/Stockbridge will play Wellington. Wellington also advanced their boys singles player, Walker Bartlett. Walker is the grandson of Mason’s Bill & Carlene Brollier. Our mixed team will play the number one team of Crowell first round.
We hope another great contingency from Mason will converge on Aggieland and help pull these kids through another state championship run.