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February 6, 2014

JHS JV Tennis: Rush & Nelson, Balderas give solid performances



Taylor Rush & Austin Nelson, one of Jacksonville's mixed doubles entries in the Hallsville Junior Varsity Tournament Wednesday, finished in second place in consolation play, which was Tribe tennis' top effort in the event.

Rush & Nelson lost their opener, 3-8, to a duo from Palestine, but quickly recovered, posting wins over a team from Hallsville (8-2) and then blanking Sulphur Springs, 8-0, in the consolation semi finals.

Rush & Nelson battled to the wire in the consolation finals match, before being stopped by a Whitehouse tandem, 5-8.

Leslie Mercado also played well on the cold afternoon as she earned second place in the consolation bracket of girls singles.

Mercado lost her first match, 1-8, to a Longview opponent, but edged a Palestine player, 9-7 in the following round.

After thumping a Spring Hill foe, 8-1, Mercado was defeated, 4-8, in the consolation final by a young lady from Sulphur Springs.

In boys singles, Miguel Balderas went 2-2 on the day and made it into the consolation semi finals.

Both of the Tribe's boys doubles pairings went as far as the consolation semi finals also.

Those teams consisted of Adam Verhelle & Evan Yount and Conner Coughlin & Alfredo Alvarez.

Meanwhile, Ashlynn Miller went 1-1 in girls singles action while Jesse Gobea posted a 2-1 record in boys singles.

Dalton Thomas was defeated in each of his two matches, but gave a strong effort, nevertheless.

Victoria Martinez & Dustin Alexander showed improvement while losing to teams from Longview and Spring Hill in mixed doubles.


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