The varsity tennis team advanced to the state championships in team tennis for the 27th time in the 28 year history of team tennis. Mason will play in Austin Friday and Saturday. Matches will be played at 8:30 and 1:00 on both days, but the playing sites will not be determined until the Thursday night draw meeting.
Mason advances to state by means of winning the regional tournament in San Angelo last Saturday. Mason played Eldorado in the first round and dominated the match 18-0. The game count was a remarkable 228-31. Four of the seven doubles teams played together for the first time, but blended very well as they only lost 10 total games in doubles.
The semi-finals pitted the Punchers and Cowgirls against Sonora. Once again Mason proved to be too powerful for the Bronco’s as they won 18-1. Mason’s only loss came in mixed doubles. We didn’t play aggressive enough in the mixed and it came back to bite us in the rear.
On Saturday, Mason found itself in the finals against their old nemesis, the Wall Hawks. Wall has a much improved team. Most of their kids play straight tennis and they have added a couple of foreign exchange players to an already strong boys team. We knew that their boys would be very tough as they only lost one player to team that had beaten us last year 6-3.
The boys dropped the top two doubles matches, but Matt Banner and Dakota Wawrzyniak pulled off a win at the number three spot. Another big match was when our mixed team of Shayla Estes and Jared Hudson redeemed themselves as they dominated Wall’s team 6-0, 6-1.
We felt that we just needed to win one of the boys doubles or the mixed and we would be in great shape. Our girls are so strong and have so much depth, we felt we could sweep them. Sweep they did as Brittany Estes, Denay Baxter, Makenzie Mitchell, Amanda Henrich, Shayla Estes, Ellie Blair, and Madison Burney didn’t allow the Lady Hawks a glimmer of hope. Mason also got insurance wins from Bobby Buist, Matt Banner, and Michael Vargas at the top three singles positions as Mason finished with a 14-5 win.
The only teams that have qualified for state are Brock, Comfort, Crane, Floydada, Kirbyville, Franklin, Knippa, Krum, Reagan County, Rice, San Saba, Shallowater, Somerville, Wall, and White Oak. Of these teams Brock will be a definite contender on the strength of a very strong boys team, Wall on the depth of their boys, and Reagan County on the depth of their overall program. Mason defeated Reagan County last year in the finals, but they should have almost all of those players back this year.
We hope that everyone will take advantage of the Friday holiday from school and make it over to Austin to support the Punchers and Cowgirls as they try for their seventh straight state team championship.