WAXAHACHIE — Despite starting the series of matches with 3 of 7 doubles and mixed doubles victories, the Indians fell 10-9 to Mansfield Summit High School during Tuesday's district opener at Indian Tennis Courts.
Waxahachie High School (1-1 overall, 0-1 in District 10-5A) was down 4-3 to the Jaguars after doubles action and after Javon Carter and Gabrielle Ruiz won the only mixed doubles match 8-0. The teams of Landry Bosher and Emily Hines (8-5) and Annabelle Graham and McKenzie Ryer (8-4) claimed the other victories.
"The tennis team battled hard tonight," said Nicholas Tanner, the WHS head tennis coach. "The match came down to just two points in a match tiebreaker when the score was Summit, 10 and Waxahachie, eight."
Ruiz, a senior, defeated Mansfield Summit's Jodie Nguyen 7-5 and 6-2 to even the score and wins by Tatianna Reeder against Tring Le (6-2, 6-3) and Unique Honeycutt, also a senior, gave Waxahachie a slight one-set advantage.
Waxahachie's girls won five of their seven matches during the stretch. Mansfield Summit rallied back, however, taking five of the seven boys' singles matches.
Senior Hayden Cawthon defeated James Tran 6-3 in both sets and freshman Ashton Jenkins beat Ramiel Moses 2-6, 6-4, and 10-3 in three.
"The girls brought home six of the nine wins tonight," Tanner said. "The team was led by Gabi, Emily, and McKenzie who did not drop a set in either match."
Waxahachie will travel to Red Oak High School to face the Hawks at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at ROHS Tennis Courts.
Marcus S. Marion is the sports editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror. He can be reached by phone at (469) 517-1456 or across social media platforms @MarcusSMarion.