FHS netters win region title

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —


State-bound are the Fredericksburg High School varsity tennis team players, who won the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Region 4 Class 3A Team Tennis Tournament this past weekend in San Marcos.

Now, the Billie netters will prove just exactly where they stand among Texas’ Top 8 squads in the state team tennis tournament Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9, in Abilene.

“They’re all going to be pretty good at this level,” said FHS Coach Randall King of the other squads from Regions 1, 2, 3 and FHS’ own Region 4.

Expected to compete are: the defending state team tennis champion Abilene Wylie, Vernon, Frisco Lone Star, Kilgore, College Station High, Center and Rockport Fulton.

“Abilene Wylie will still be the team to beat,” King said.

In addition, challenges will be posed by Vernon, who was last year’s runner-up.

In 2012, Fredericksburg took sixth at state. The Billies defeated Frisco Lone Star in the first round, lost in the quarterfinals to champion Wylie, won in consolation over Graham, but then lost the fifth-place decision to Andrews.

Frisco Lone Star and College Station High will both be playing without seniors, as they are new high schools who are expected to jump up to Class 4A or Class 5A next year.

“Plus, Center and Kilgore are obviously going to be good, as well,” King said.

While last year’s tourney had six teams and was played in the spring under the direction of the Texas Tennis Coaches Association, this year’s tournament is now under the auspices of UIL and will be played in the fall season with eight regional first- and second-place takers.

“It just nails it down to a little better competition,” he said.

A meeting is scheduled tomorrow evening, Nov. 7, to decide draws, King said. Opening ceremonies are planned Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 a.m. at the Rosepark Tennis Center, which will serve as headquarters for the tournament. Two additional court sites will be utilized in addition to that large facility.

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