Playing against some of the top teams in state, the Waxahachie Indian tennis team took part in the two-day 287 Invitational Friday and Saturday in Ennis and came away a lot more prepared for the rest of the season.
“Every year, we look forward to the 287 because of the high level of talent that attends. This year there were four teams in attendance that were ranked in the top-20 in the state this fall. It is a great chance for our team to compete against some top talent from around the state,” Waxahachie head coach Perry Nutt said.
District foe Ennis is ranked No. 20 and has competed against Waxahachie in every tournament so far in the spring. Other top opponents in the two-day tournament were No. 6 Hewitt Midway, No. 7 Texas High and No. 12 Canyon High.
Waxahachie’s top performance in the tournament came in the mixed doubles “B” draw as the team of Coleman Beddingfield and Brittany O’Carroll placed fourth. The duo opened with a 6-0, 6-2 win against Kilgore before losing to Tyler Lee 6-3, 6-4 and Corsicana 7-5, 4-6, 8-10 tie break.
In the mixed doubles “A” draw, the Polar Bear tournament mixed doubles champ from Waxahachie, Cody Kendrick and Savannah Summers, placed ninth. After picking up a 7-6 (4), 6-4 win against All Saints in the opening round, the team lost to Midway 6-0, 6-1, Corsicana 8-6 and Lindale 8-2.
Both boys doubles placed 11th as the “A” team of Justin Miller and Austin Hunt lost a first round match to Tyler Lee 6-3, 6-0 before topping Groesbeck 8-2 in the quarterfinals consolation. The team lost to Midway 8-4 in the semifinals before topping McKinney 8-4.
In the “B” draw of boys doubles the Waxahachie team of Gerardo Garcia and Jonathan Cooper lost a first round match to Belton 6-1, 6-1 before falling to Amarillo 8-4 in the semifinal consolation. To claim 11th place the Indians defeated Ennis 8-3.
Marissa Rodriguez and RoSandra Acosta teamed up for Waxahachie in the girls “A” doubles and placed 15th with losses to Midway, Belton and Canyon.
In the girls doubles “B” draw the Waxahachie team of Jessica Perez and Haylie Brown placed 14th with losses to Belton, McKinney and Groesbeck.
Kendall Burks placed the highest for Waxahachie in singles play with a 12th place finish in the girls “A” draw. She lost a hard-fought opening round match against Midway 0-6, 7-5, 5-10 tie break before falling to Kilgore in round two 8-6.
Elliot Frey placed 15th for the Indians in the boys “A” draw with losses to Texas High, Kilgore and Amarillo while Carl Rodriguez placed 14th in the “B” draw.
Rodriguez lost a close match to Kilgore in the opening round 7-5, 6-4 before falling to Ennis 8-7 (1). He picked up an 8-2 win against Amarillo in the second round of consolation before falling to Midway 8-5.
It will be another two-week layoff for the Indians before taking part in the R.D. Mertz Invitational in Corsicana on Friday, Feb. 25. There will be only one tournament in March before Waxahachie takes part in the District 15-4A tournament April 7-8 in Corsicana.