Tigers qualify five for State Tournament

Members of the Wills Point Tiger tennis team include (back row) Kameron McEnturff, Claire Hiler, Maddie Booth, Hope Turner, Chase Daniell, Kelsey James, Patrick Petzold, Kolton Adams, Cassidy Wilcoxson, Nash Pendleton, Kaitlin Perez, Maddie Baker, (front row) Jack Johns and Sebastian Reyes.

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team will return to what has seemingly become their home away from home, qualifying five athletes to compete in the 4A State Tennis Tournament at Texas A&M in College Station.

En route to the State Tennis Tournament, Wills Point tennis players broke a school record by winning the Regional title in three separate divisions: Kolton Adams and Patrick Petzold in boys doubles, Chase Daniell and Kelsey James in mixed doubles and Cassidy Wilcoxson in girls singles.

All five players will now represent WPHS in College Station May 16-17.

In addition to the three first place finishes, Wills Point registered two fourth place finishes at the Regional Tournament with the mixed doubles team of Kameron McEnturff and Claire Hiler and the girls doubles team of Kaitlin Perez and Maddie Baker.

Regional results for Wills Point athletes included:

-Nash Pendleton def. Britt Beadle of Princeton, 6-3, 7-5; lost to Matt Hynek of Argyle, 0-6, 1-6

-Adams/Petzold def. Huffman/Daughtery of Atlanta, 6-0,6-0; def. Movva/Pancorvo of Irving Uplift North Hills, 6-3, 6-3; def. Dominguez/Patterson of Kaufman, 6-1, 6-1; def. Basham/Sharma of Frisco Reedy, 6-3, 6-4

-Cassidy Wilcoxson def. Shadreka Rhodes of Dallas Roosevelt, 6-0, 6-0; def. Mariel Kasman of Irving Uplift North Hills, 7-5, 6-0; def. Maddie Strange of Krum, 6-1, 6-2;

def. Holli Hutto of Kaufman, 6-3, 6-2

-Kaitlin Perez/Maddie Baker def. Ward/Han of Irving Ranchview, 6-2, 6-1; def. Hoyt/Abbe of Melissa, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3); lost to Quy/Speiser of Krum, 0-6, 3-6; lost to Jones/Shrivastava of Frisco Reedy, 6-7, 6-7

-Chase Daniell/Kelsey James def. Tanner/Cox of Dallas Hutchins, 6-0, 6-0; def. Lairson/Pingsterhau of Anna, 6-0, 6-0; def. Fernandez/Davis of Kaufman, 7-5, 6-3; def. Mays/Hall of Kaufman, 6-2. 6-1

-Kameron McEnturff/Claire Hiler def. Deck/McNeese of Spring Hill, 6-1, 6-3; def. Ismail/Revis of Irving Ranchview, 6-2, 6-0; lost to Mays/Hall of Kaufman, 6-3, 6-4; lost to Fernandez/Davis of Kaufman, 6-0, 6-3

-Maddie Booth/Hope Turner lost to Cordero/Owen of Kaufman, 7-6, 6-4

An ecstatic Coach Ann Daniell stated, “We could not be more impressed with the way our kids played and the way they represented Wills Point. We advanced five players to the tournament last year and we did it again only this time we came in first place in our divisions.”