Amarillo High, ranked No. 5 in the Texas Tennis Coaches Association’s Class 5A preseason state poll, beat Abilene High 19-0 in a nondistrict dual match Monday at the AHS courts.
It’s the Eagles’ first loss of the season in a potential first-round playoff match against the Sandies.
“We battled, but they were a very good team,” Abilene High coach Stacy Bryan said. “Proud of the matches that went three sets. It was good for us to play that exceptional competition. We saw lots of things that we can work on to improve.”
The Eagles, who drop down to the UIL’s second-largest class for the first time in program history, face a daunting district which includes No. 2 Abilene Wylie, No. 7 Lubbock High, No. 16 Lubbock Coronado, No. 19 Lubbock Monterey and No. 25 Lubbock-Cooper.
Then there’s potential first-round matchups against Amarillo High or No. 6 Canyon Randall.
Abilene High (5-1) plays Keller, ranked No. 11 in Class 6A, at 3 p.m. Tuesday in a nondistrict home match.
Amarillo High 19, Abilene High 0
BOYS SINGLES – Wade Bryant, Amarillo, def. Griffin Sullivan 6-1, 6-1; Kelton Brown, Amarillo, def. Ben Neie 6-2, 6-3; Taylor Vigil, Amarillo, def. Noah Morris 6-2, 6-3; Carson Kersh, Amarillo, def. Landon Morris 6-1, 2-6, 10-5; Pranav Nambiar, Amarillo, def. Luke Padon 6-1, 6-2; Alex Earthman, Amarillo, def. Juan Dela Paz 6-1, 6-2.
BOYS DOUBLES – Bryant/Vigil, Amarillo, def. Sullivan/L. Morris 6-3, 6-3; Brown/Gonzales, Amarillo, def. Neie/N. Morris 6-3, 6-4; Artho/Wilson, Amarillo, def. Padon/Liam Finley 6-3, 7-5.
GIRLS SINGLES – Eleanor Archer, Amarillo, def. Riley Crowe 6-1, 6-0; Morgan Rose, Amarillo, def. Holland Wiggins 6-1, 6-0; Karli Lakey, Amarillo, def. Taylor Nevitt 6-1, 6-1; Alex Gonzales, Amarillo, def. Allie Dunn 6-0, 6-0; Seren Wilson, Amarillo, def. Cynthia Grace Darby 6-2, 6-2; Caroline Artho, Amarillo, def. Zoe Barrett 6-1, 6-0.
GIRLS DOUBLES – Archer/Rose, Amarillo, def. Wiggins/Nevitt 6-1, 6-0; Lakey/Gonzales, Amarillo, def. Darby/Dunn 6-0 6-1; Artho/Wilson, Amarillo, def. Barrett/Bella Campo 6-0, 6-0.
MIXED DOUBLES – Rose/Taylor, Amarillo, def. Dela Paz/Crowe 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 10-5.
RECORDS – Amarillo High n/a; Abilene High 5-1.
This article originally appeared on Abilene Reporter-News: No. 5 Amarillo High beats Abilene High in team tennis