Netters nab four bronzes in Aggieland
Battlin’ Billies tennis ends the 2018-19 school year with an impressive hall of medals from the spring slate.
Fredericksburg High School won four bronze medals during the UIL Class 4A State Tennis Tournament on Thursday and Friday, May 16-17, at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center and Omar Smith Instructional Tennis Courts in College Station.
Claire Maxcey, Levi Wilkins/ Noah DeLeon, Thomas Wainwright/Jaci Spies and Blake Boubel/Avery Stephens earned bronze medals by winning quarterfinal matches.
“I think that we played very well,” coach Randall King said. “The competition is always very tough in the spring state meet. It is truly the best individuals in the state of Texas.”
Maxcey won her girls’ singles quarterfinal match in two sets against Haylie Hunger of Midlothian Heritage, 6-1, 6-0, before losing to Lenka Okasova of Decatur, 6-1, 6-1, in a semifinal match.
Wilkins/DeLeon fought past Mauricio Rojas-Solis/Keaton Watlington of Center to two wins in two sets, 7-6 (2), 6-2, and advance to the boys’ doubles semifinal round.
The boys lost their semifinal to Asher Melton/Bryce Ware of Canyon, 6-2, 6-2. Melton/ Ware ended the tournament as Class 4A’s boys’ doubles state champions.
Both mixed doubles pairs won matches in the quarterfinal round. Wainwright/ Spies beat Grant Mitchell/ Shannon Lee of Texarkana Pleasant Grove, 7-5, 7-5, and dropped a semifinal match to Reid Smith/Karson Parnell of Pampa, 7-5, 6-3.
Boubel/Stephens beat Maz Morton/Micah Moore of Longview Spring Hill, 6-4, 7-5, before losing to eventual state champions BT White/ Sarah Castleberry of Vernon, 6-1, 7-5.
Olivia Alvarez also played in the state tournament, losing a tightly contested girls’ singles quarterfinal match to Monique Ybarra of Palestine, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
The Billies say goodbye to a pair of seniors that helped FHS win state titles in team and individual tennis.
Maxcey’s bronze in girls’ singles gives her a school-record seven state tennis medals over her four years at FHS, including four state gold medals — two for team tennis and mixed doubles — a team tennis silver, and a bronze medal from both girls’ doubles and singles.
Wilkins has three of his own after winning team tennis state gold in 2018 and silver in 2017 to go with his bronze last week.
“As with most seniors, you will miss them greatly,” King said. “Claire has been a solid rock for four years and a very quiet but great leader by example. Levi began his tennis career as a freshman. It is almost impossible for someone to achieve what he was able to in just four years. He walked in as a freshman with very little tennis experience and became one of the hardest working kids we have ever coached.
“These two athletes have left their mark on the program.”
The other six players will return in the fall to defend their Class 4A team tennis state title and try for a third straight appearance in College Station.
“It is our goal to get back to the state meet in team tennis next fall,” King said. “Nothing will come easy, but this group wants to repeat as state champs. We have the core in place to see that happen if they have the will to achieve it.”