With their success during the District 15-4A Tournament, the Ennis Lions will be sending five players to the regional tournament.
Patrick Larson and Alexis Wotton will participate in the boys and girls singles draw, while Erica Price (singles) and Reagan Nichols and Mallori French (doubles) will go as alternates.
Larson, who was a second seed at the beginning of the district tourney, won the boys’ singles tournament and Wotton, who was a second seed, finished in second place as both individual clinched a spot at the regional tournament, which will be held at the Waranch Tennis Center in Denton, April 23-24.
Coach Wyatt Johnson believes the five members of the Lions tennis program are ready to compete.
“Right now, they are ready to go,” he said. “They’ve been ready since district. I’m really confident that they will do well up there.”
While Larson and Wotton are schedule to play, Price, Nichols and French will have to wait until Wednesday to find out if they will play.
During the district tournament, Price (singles), Nichols and French (doubles) finished in third landing spots as alternates, which mean all three players will make the trip up to Denton.
As an alternate, the only way the three individuals will be able to compete is if a player from their district is unable to perform.
Either way, all five Lions’ tennis players have been preparing since the end of the district season.
“We haven’t had to make to many drastic changes,” Johnson said. “There games having been peaking.”
Johnson credits their performance to the players’ work ethic and the development of their game.
“All of them have improve throughout the season,” he said. “You can see it in different areas, some mental and some physical. They have gotten better, gotten stronger and that is what is exciting about going to regional.”
The Lions’ will need to be at their best, as they will face arguably some of the best competition in the state.
“Our region is the toughest in the state of Texas,” Johnson added. “They will have to play their very best in every round. Some of these kids are either state or national ranking. It’ll be very tough competition.”
On either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning the coaches will get together and rank each participating player.
Opening matches will begin on Wednesday, while Thursday games will be for play backs and finals.
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