Netters win home tourney

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

Winning comes down to chemistry.

For the Fredericksburg High School (FHS) varsity tennis team — which just won its own Billie Invitational over the weekend — that means the search for proven championship formulas continues.

Playing scientist and continuing to experiment is FHS Coach Randall King, who said he plans to re-shuffle his players and look at other possible combinations when the Billie netters go up against host Mason and its competitive guests in the “Puncher Shootout” this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, in Mason.

“We will shift some kids around to look at other possibilities and continue to evaluate them,” King said.

Fredericksburg’s ranks already gave King and assistant coach Donald Hohn an early glimpse at some strong possibilities when they tallied 82 points to take first in their Billie Invitational here Saturday, Feb. 8.

Originally scheduled as a two-day contest over Friday and Saturday, icy conditions forced cancellation of Friday’s rounds and created a fast-paced, full-to-the-hilt Round Robin format on Saturday as all of the intended schools came to play.

Kerrville Tivy mustered 65 points for second place behind Fredericksburg, while Marble Falls took third place with 50 points.

Others participating and their finishes included: Midland Christian in fourth place, 44 points; Hondo in fifth place, 38 points, and Mason in sixth place, 16 points.

“It was a lot of tennis in one day,” King said. “It was a good test of our endurance, with most players competing in five matches on the day.”

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