On Thursday the junior varsity tennis team from Waxahachie competed in the Frostbite Tournament in Ennis and picked up several victories.

The girls doubles team of Carolynn Van Zandt and Ashley Ayub opened with a first round bye before topping Groesbeck and Ennis 8-5 before falling to Highland Park 8-7 (3) in the semifinals.

“Today the players got a taste of a solid JV tournament. Any time you see Highland Park in the draw you know it’s going to be tough because they are the best team in the state,” Waxahachie coach Perry Nutt said.

“Carolynn and Ashley had another great tournament. They lost a close match in a tie-break to Highland Park in the semifinals of girls doubles. Hopefully they can pull out the win next time and bring home the trophy.”

Daniela Gandara and Kayla Lemond teamed up for Waxahachie as well in girls doubles and defeated Ferris 8-6 before falling 8-4 to Groesbeck.

In mixed doubles, Chet Farmer and Alison Wilson joined forces to defeat Ennis 8-4 in the opening round before falling 8-2 to Highland Park.

John Stephenson defeated Mansfield 8-1 to open action in boys singles before falling to Highland Park 8-0.

Tyler Kupper also opened with a win, an 8-1 decision against North Forney, before falling to Highland Park 8-1.

In girls singles Hailey Phillips lost to Ennis 8-5 before picking up an 8-0 win over North Forney in the consolation quarterfinals. She faced off against Groesbeck in the consolation semifinals but lost a close match 8-5.

Rounding out the Waxahachie competitors Leslie Kelley defeated Red Oak 8-7 in girls singles before falling to Highland Park 8-0 in the quarterfinals.

The junior varsity team will be back in action Thursday in the Elite Eight tournament in Ennis. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. From there the team will be off until Feb. 24.