FHS netters second at state

FIRING BACK — Fredericksburg High School varsity tennis player Sergio Flores sends a hit back to his Kilgore opponent during the state team tennis tournament Friday, Nov. 8,at the Rose Park Tennis Center in Abilene. Flores defeated Nash Best, 6-1, 6-2, to help the Billies win the quarterfinals,10-4, over Kilgore on Fredericksburg’s way to a second place finish in state. —Standard-Radio Post/Austin Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —


It is every coach’s hope that his team, as a whole, can achieve more than the sum of his individual players. For Fredericksburg High School Coach Randall King, the pieces fell into place this past weekend, when his squad rallied together for a second-place finish in the state team tennis tournament in Abilene.

“What an incredible weekend of tennis,” King said. “The kids were awesome.”

Billie varsity netters defeated Kilgore, 10-4, in the state team tennis quarterfinals, before ousting Vernon in a close 10-7 semifinals decision on Friday, Nov. 8. Fredericksburg then bowed out, 10-2, to defending champion Abilene Wylie in what was a “back-and-forth” finals on Saturday, Nov. 9.

This was the first time the FHS tennis team has reached the finals level of state team play since 2009, when the Billies lost to Wylie in a rain-shortened format. This was also FHS’ fourth trip to the state tournament since 2009.

“It was really awesome to see these kids pull together as a team and achieve such a great accomplishment,” King said. “As coaches, we could not be prouder of them. They played with heart and determination.”

“I would like to thank all the parents and support that came and cheered these kids on this weekend. To be a state finalist in 3A tennis is something these kids and families will have with them forever,” King said.

“We are looking forward to a great spring of individual tennis,” he added.

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