Jacksonville and Kilgore opened their respective seasons on Thursday at the Frances White Tennis Complex in Jacksonville where a highly competitive match unfolded.
The visitors were able to come away with an 11-8 win over the Tribe. The schools even played four additional matches to get as many players varsity experience as possible — each team won two of those competitions.
The Jacksonville boys won five of eight singles matches to account for a large portion of the Tribe's points.
Earning wins for Jacksonville was Alex Hassell (9-8 (1) over Jack Tyra), Will Royon (8-4 over Bryce Borders), Sergio Rivera (8-5 over Hunter Wilcox), Tavis Dosser (8-3 over Grayson Cavel) and Caleb Blakeney (6-3, 6-4 over Tanner Bennett).
In girls singles play, the Tribe's Katlin Gonzalez downed Cheyenne Jones, 8-6 and Haley George topped Madalyn Parrmore, 8-5.
The Tribe also claimed victory in three doubles matches.
Royon and Dosser pounded Borders and Bonnette 6-1, 6-4 in boys doubles, Gonzalez and Hernandez beat Jones and Parrymore 4-6, 7-6, (11-9) in girls doubles and in mixed doubles Jacksonville's Blanka Cornejo and Rivera stopped Wilcox and Chavarria 6-2, 7-6 (6).
Jacksonville was scheduled to host Corsicana on Friday afternoon. The results of that match was not available as of press time.