Jacksonville Tribe Tennis one win away from earning  district crown


After a 10-3 (16-2) conquest over Lufkin on Tuesday, Jacksonville Tribe Tennis moved in position to play for the District 16-5A championship next Tuesday.

Jacksonville will oppose Whitehouse, who is also 6-0 in league play, with the match slated to begin at 4 p.m. on the Wildcats' home courts.

Jacksonville's boys won five of the six singles matches and went 3-for-3 in doubles play to spark the win over Lufkin.

Saul Martinez beat Yousuf Mir 6-0, 6-1; Alex Hassell beat Val Grisel 6-1, 6-0; Carlos Camacho topped Logan Gustafson 6-1, 6-2, Will Royon defeated Albert Padilla 8-0 and Sergio Rivera defeated Clyde Raines 8-4.

In Boys Doubles the Tribe's Martinez/Hassell downed Mir/Gustafson 6-0, 4-6, (10-2); Camacho/Casey Coughlin beat Grisel/Grisel 7-5, 6-1 and Tavis Dosser/Rivera got past Raines/Pramar Rao 6-0, 6-1.

Turning to Girls Singles, the Tribe's Lizbet Saldana downed Logan Armstrong 8-2, 6-2; Haley George topped Alexia Tapia 6-2, 6-0; Alejandra Hernandez beat Sarah Riley 6-2, 6-2; Bianka Cornejo took care of Zarayela Guillen 8-6 and Isabella Cornejo downed Makayla Morrison 8-2.

Jacksonville's doubles pairings of Katlin Gonzalez/Hernandez scored a 6-3, 6-3 win over Kimberly Lopez/Armstrong while Maiquez/Cornejo downed Abbigail Rivas/Alexis Lawler 6-0, 6-2.

The Tribe duo of Molly Bentoski and Royon forged out a straight set (6-3, 6-2) victory over Padilla/Lawler in Mixed Doubles.

Jacksonville's overall season record improved to 10-4 with the win.

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