The Wharton Tigers’ fall tennis season is complete after the team lost to Fulshear in the regional quarterfinal on Monday, Oct. 21 at Travis Smith Tennis Center on the campus of Wharton High School.
It was a big match for the Tigers, WHS coach Roben Eller said, but it appears home court play didn’t work to their advantage.
WHS lost by 10-6 matches.
“For the second year in a row we fell to Fulshear; it was a whole lot closer this year, but in the end, we just couldn’t match their depth on the girls’ side,” Eller said. “I’m not sure if this team might be better than last year’s team, and they went all the way to the state tourney. We had another great year. We worked hard, improved every week.”
Among the Tigers who won were the girls’ doubles team of Matula/Salyer, 6-2, 6-1; boys’ doubles team of White/Smith, 6-5, 6-3; mixed doubles team of Zulaf/Gomez, 6-4, 6-4.
The Wharton boys took three of four matches. Singles winners were Reese Roddy, 6-0, 6-4; Sonny Smith 7-5, 4-6 (8); and Josh Sangalli 61-, 6-1.
Before the match, Eller shared her views on both programs and how it helped each team.
“Fulshear beat us in the regional quarterfinals last year pretty badly; we don’t know a whole lot about them. I know that we have played more team matches this year than they have, which is to our advantage,” Eller said. “But, most of Fulshear’s kids start playing and getting tennis instruction at an early age while most of ours don’t start until the seventh grade or even in high school. So, they have the advantage there, but we work very hard day in and day out, so I am hoping that we have closed the gap this year. No matter what happens, I am proud of my kids; we have set a goal way back in the summer to get this rematch and here we all after a lot of hard work.”
WHs finished the team tennis portion of the year 10-5.