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April 5, 2013

16-4A tennis tournament returns to Jacksonville

Hanna says expectations high for Tribe girls

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville High School will be serving as the host for the District 16-4A tennis tournament, which will get under way early Monday morning at the JHS Tennis Complex on Corinth Road.

The two-day event will wrap up with the finals on Tuesday.

The tournament will decide the loop's representatives into the upcoming Class 4A, Region II tournament that will be played on April 15 and 16 at the UT-Arlington Tennis Center.

Jacksonville head tennis coach David Hanna said that he is glad the event has returned to the city and that it speaks highly for the Jacksonville tennis community as a whole.

“We (JHS) used to host the tournament ever year, but for the past couple of years it has been held in Tyler, more for the sake of its central location more than anything else, I believe,” Hanna said. “But with the new district and the addition of Corsicana things shifted and Jacksonville became a better choice. I think the coaches of the other schools know that they can count on us to put a lot of time in to do things right.”

Hanna said he couldn't go as far as saying playing the tournament in Jacksonville would serve as a home-court advantage for his team, but he certainly pointed out a couple of positive features that laying at home brings for Tribe tennis.

“It has to be some sort of advantage for our kids to be able to sleep later and not have to travel and we hope that that will give them a boost on the courts,” he said. “Also they will be playing on courts that they are familiar with and in front of fans that should be cheering them on.”

As for his expectations, Hanna said that the Jacksonville girls appear to be very formidable this year.

“We are going in with the No. 1 (Ellie Day) and No. 2 (Kristie Savage) seeded players in girl's singles, so I like our chances there,” Hanna said. “Then in girl's doubles, Carolina Hernandez & Samantha Lee are seeded second so they could be a force to be reckoned with too. I really think girl's doubles is going to be one of the more competitive divisions.”

The Jacksonville duo of Suzi McCuistion & Maria Landin are the fifth seed in girl's doubles.

On the boy's side, Jacksonville's Christian Roper, who is seeded fifth, could surprise some, according to Hanna.

“Christian (Roper) is talented enough to beat some people, if he has a couple of good days,” Hanna said.

Action is scheduled to get under way at 8:30 a.m. Monday, with all finals commencing at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

Admission is free for both day's action.

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