Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress
The Jacksonville High School tennis team, playing in its next-to-last outing before next week's 16-4A Tournament, took part in the Longview Varsity Tournament last Thursday and two members of the Tribe tennis contingent gave impactful performances.
Ellie Day, toiling in girl's “A” singles, and Christian Roper, who represented Jacksonville in boy's “A” singles, both ended their respective tourney runs with fourth-place finishes.
Day started by thumping Lakkadi of Pine Tree, 8-1.
Day's next victim was Seekhieo from Van — she prevailed in that match, 6-3, 6-4.
In a semi-final match, Day came up short to Nichols of Spring Hill.
Nichols advanced by winning 6-3, 4-6, (12-10).
Novy of Longview then knocked off Day by an 8-4 score in the third-place match.
Roper also started off strong by breezing past Estes (Pine Tree), 8-2, in the opening round.
He then got the best of Kilgore's Heil (6-2, 7-5) to move to the semi-final round.
That's where Roper stumbled a bit, as Hallsville's Neeley beat Roper 6-1, 6-0.
In the third-place match, Roper was defeated by Neubauer of Henderson, 8-1.
In boy's “B” singles, Bryan De la Rosa and Andres Ferretiz both went 1-2 on the day.
The Jacksonville pairing of Carolina Hernandez & Samantha Lee also went 1-2 in girl's “A” doubles, with their win coming over a team from Pine Tree (8-2).
In girl's “B” doubles, Maria Landin & Suzi McCuistion went 1-1 for the tourney and opened up by ripping a tandem from from Pine Tree, 6-3, 6-2.
In boy's “A” doubles, Jacksonville's Jamie Henderson & Chris Shoemaker fought hard, but were unable to crack the win column against foes from All Saints, Van and Pine Tree.
According to Jacksonville head coach David Hanna, the Tribe will visit Center Thursday afternoon for its final pre-district tune up.
This match has been recently added and is not on the original Jacksonville schedule.