Doubles play helps Elks knockoff Spartans
Doubles play set the tone last Tuesday for the Burleson tennis team as the Elks defeated Centennial, 13-6, in District 9-5A play,
“I thought we played well,” Burleson Cody Godfrey said. “Rivalry games are always tough with emotions running higher than normal. Getting out to an early lead for doubles (5-2) helped build some confidence. We won several close matches in singles play. They went to third-set tie-breakers with us winning those three of five.”
The Elks got off to a 5-2 start in doubles competition on the way to moving to 4-0 in 9-5A action. Centennial was 3-1 in district after the match.
“It was a good, close match,” Centennial Natalya Helvey said. “They definitely had a stronger showing in doubles and it gave them a strong start to the match by getting all doubles on girls side and two out of three boys doubles. I have seen my team working really hard in the past three weeks since I took over the program. I am very excited about the future of the Spartan Tennis and will be looking forward to more good battles against Burleson.”
On the No. 1 line, Burleson’s Joe O’Brien defeated Centennial’s Jonah Barron, 6-2, 6-3, and Centennial’s Trey Schatzmann topped Burleson’s Connor Williams at No. 2, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5. Burleson won the next four lines as the Elks’ Devin Richardson beat Centennial’s Jonathan Boski at No. 3, 7-6, (7-5), 6-1; Burleson’s Kole Bacon defeated Centennial’s Preston Vilaythong at No, 4, 7-5, 6-3; Burleson’s Tanner Robertson downed Centennial’s Noah Barron at No. 5, 4-6, 6-3, 10-4, and Burleson’s Levi Porter topped Centennial’s Paxton Williams at No. 6, 6-7 (9-11), 6-0, 10-4.
In boys doubles play, Centennial’s Boski and Jonah Barron, playing at No. 1, defeated Burleson’s O’Brien and Richardson, 9-7. On the No. 2 line, Burleson’s Williams and Porter topped Centennial’s Noah Barron and Vilaythong, 8-2. Playing at No. 3, Burleson’s Bacon and Robertson defeated Centennial’s Williams and Vincent Vu, 8-3.
In the girls singles play, the Lady Elks and Lady Spartans split six matches.
Burleson’s Brinley Brown, playing at No. 1, topped Centennial’s Jacey Westbrook, 6-3, 6-1. On the No. 2 line, Centennial’s Jaelyn Tucker beat Burleson’s Hali Dinwiddie, 6-1, 6-2. Burleson’s Alexis Baker got the win on the No. 3 line over Centennial’s Ryleigh Moore, 2-6, 6-4, 10-8. Playing at No. 4, Centennial’s Hannah Rudewick beat Burleson’s Naomi Mitchell. Centennial’s Simone Chalabi defeated Burleson’s Deanna Zaragoza at No. 5, 6-2, 6-7 (7-5), 10-8 and Burleson’s Katie Kirkpatrick downed Centennial’s Rachel White on the No. 6 line, 6-4, 6-0.
Burleson swept girls doubles play to get the match off to a fast start. Playing on the No. 1 line, Burleson’s Brown and Zaragoza defeated Centennial’s Tucker and Moore, 8-1. Burleson took the No. 2 line when Baker and Dinwiddie defeated Centennial’s Rudewick and Chalabi, 8-3. At No. 3, Burleson’s Mitchell and Neely Huskisson topped Centennial’s Taylor and White, 8-1.
Centennial notched a win in mixed doubles play as Schatzmaan and Westbrook stopped Brooks and Kirkpatrick, 8-2.
Tuesday, Burleson played at Cleburne and Centennial hosted Granbury. Results for those matches were not available.