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Tennis Makes 30th Trip to State
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 • Posted March 7, 2012

Since the Texas Tennis Coaches Association created team tennis in 1982, Mason has made an appearance each year except for one. Not only has it made an appearance, it has reached the semi-finals or better in 29 of those years and winning gold in 20 of those years. Mason is now in search of another milestone…ten state team championships in a row. The team competed last weekend at the Regional Team Tennis Tournament in San Angelo. Mason had little trouble making it to the finals as they knocked off Sonora in the first round 16-3 and Wall’s JV 13-2 in the second round. This set up yet another battle between Wall and Mason. Last year Mason squeaked by with a 10-9 victory. This year was no different as Mason won four of the seven doubles matches. Winning doubles were the #1 teams of Matt Banner/Andrew Willis and the girls’ team of Traci Jordan and Margaret Lemke. Mason also got big wins from Claudia Canfield and Samantha Jordan at the #3 spot and the mixed team of Amanda Hudson and Rio Schmidt. This set up an exciting ending Banner won the #1 boys’ singles spot and left the rest up to the girls’ team. The girls responded with five singles wins to push Mason over the top. Amanda Hudson was the last Cowgirl standing as she systematically destroyed Wall’s Becca Key to secure the win. Wall is a young team and will only get better, but Mason should also improve daily as eight of the Punchers and Cowgirls just got off the basketball court this week. With rain on Monday, the kids only had three workouts before they had to step up and play such an important tournament. That is asking a lot of these kids, but once again they responded with class and a total effort. Everyone would think that it would not be too difficult to come off the basketball court and play, but you use such a total different set of muscles it is very tough. No matter how much you run on the basketball court, you will be totally exhausted after playing tennis for an hour to an hour and a half per match. Most of these kids played at least three matches each day. The strain on the legs, shoulders, and stomach is tremendous not to mention most of the kids haven’t seen the sunshine since the last football game. So our hats are off to each of those kids that came out and played.Now Mason will advance to the state championships this weekend in Austin. The draws will not be made until Thursday night so we will not know our playing times and location until the draws are made. Usually play begins at 8:30 in the Round Rock area. Anyone needing to know the location and times is welcome to call Coach Smith at 325-347-4075 after 9:00pm on Thursday night. We hope we get another great turnout as Mason sets its sights on another state championship this year.

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