• A focused Sergio Neri serves up action in the boys’ doubles draw Friday, Aug. 19, as Fredericksburg High School’s varsity took on College Station High School in the third round of the team tournament the Billies co-host annually with Kerrville Tivy High School. FHS finished the meet 1-3 to bring its season count to 2-3. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter
  • Fredericksburg High School varsity player Broque Constantine (above,) who tops the Billie boys’ roster, charges ahead as he and partner, Martin Ball, take on College Station High opponents Sukkawala/ Jean. The pair ultimately lost the Friday morning match, but not before taking it to three sets, 4-6, 6-1, 10-6.
  • Varsity player Caitlyn Halford covers the net while she and Fredericksburg High School doubles partner, Mandy Yocham, take on College Station High School opponents Friday, Aug. 19, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park’s courts. FHS was edged, 10-8, in the outing. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Netters shake off losses, prep for next meet

Fredericksburg High School’s tennis team will try to shrug off two days of “tough tennis” as they get set to host Dripping Springs on Thursday, Aug. 25.

Match time is set for 4 p.m. at the high school courts for the varsity and at the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park courts for the junior varsity.

There were 16 teams competing in the tournament co-hosted annually by Fredericksburg and Kerrville’s Tivy High School.

The Billies went 3-1 in the meet.

“It was a very tough tourney,” said FHS Coach Randall King. “The quality of play has increased in this event over the last few years. We played Boerne Champion first, and they went on to win this tournament over Abilene Wylie in the finals.”

After the Billies fell to Boerne Champion, 10-3, in the opening round, they rallied over Calallen in the afternoon, 10-1.

“Calallen was a good match for us,” King said. “We bounced back well from the morning’s loss.”

On Friday, FHS was dismissed by College Station High School, 10-8.

“We had lost to them last year in the main draw semifinals, 10-9. We knew it would be a close match and it was,” King said. “They were just a little bit better than us down the stretch.”

And, in the fourth and final round, Fredericksburg was handed a 10-2 loss by A&M Consolidated, a “very good team. They were not originally in the tournament and filled a spot for Houston Klein, which had a scheduling mixup.”

“Overall, it was a good experience for our kids. Our record is now 2-3 on the season.”

“It is a long way to October and we will continue to improve week by week,” he said.

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