Last week the Waxahachie tennis team had its best start in seven years. After Tuesday, the Indians and Lady Indians have had their best start in a decade.

Waxahachie won four of its seven doubles matches and eight of the 12 singles matches for a 12-7 win against DeSoto to open District 7-6A.

The match marked the first-ever meeting between Waxahachie and DeSoto on the tennis courts and the first in Class 6A for the Tribe.

Head tennis coach Nicholas Tanner said the Indians and Lady Indians have just taken "it one match at a time" during their 4-1 start to the season.

"Our kids are doing well and identifying what their weaknesses are," Tanner said. "They are trying to improve and get better day by day."

Tanner added that he is "very excited about the new season. I love the feeling at the start of the year. The kids come in fresh and excited and I am excited because it is all brand new and you never know what is going to happen. We are all super excited."

A little bit of that enthusiasm came Tuesday afternoon. Brayden Moore partnered with Ashton Jenkins to win their doubles match 8-0. Moore followed with a 6-0, 6-0 win in singles.

Tanner noted the feat does not happen very often in team tennis.

"I could not be more proud of this team and how they have started this season," Tanner said. "Every member of the team — from top to bottom — will never let up in a match. It doesn't matter if they are down four games and three match points, they will continue to battle until they earn the victory."

He added, "This team is about 75 percent freshman and sophomores. We are extremely excited about them learning, growing and developing toward the future. Most of the team are first-year varsity players."


The Waxahachie tennis team returns to action at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 at home against Cedar Hill.

In District 7-6A play, the Waxahachie tennis team competes against DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Grand Prarie, Mansfield, Mansfield Lake Ridge, Mansfield Summit and South Grand Prairie.

Tanner said the Indians and Lady Indians are eager to embrace any tests that the new district may hold.

"We are excited to be playing and we have the chance to play five new programs we have never played before," he said. "We look forward to the new challenge and what it holds."


Fred Phipps/Daily Light contributed to this report.