- Wimberley Ind School Dist
WHS Team Tennis Squad Finishes 4A Playoffs as State Champions
October 29, 2021
The Wimberley HS Team Tennis squad defeated Argyle HS 10-7 in the 4A State Championship match on October 29 at Texas A&M's Mitchell Tennis Center to win the Texans' first team state championship in any sport since the 2011 football team.
The Texans defeated a slew of top teams during the playoff run. According to playoff rankings released by the Texas Tennis Coaches' Association the #2 Texans defeated #1 (Boerne), #3 (Argyle), #4 (Wills Point), #6 (Tuloso-Midway) and #9 (Fredericksburg) on their way to winning the championship. The Texans finished the regular season second in District 28-4A behind 2020 state runner-up Boerne HS. After sweeping through Pleasanton HS and Needville HS in the bi-district and area rounds of the 4A playoffs, WHS dispatched district rival Fredericksburg 10-3 in the regional quarterfinals. The regional tournament at the Annemarie Tennis Center in San Antonio consisted of rematches of the 2020 Region IV tournament against Tuloso-Midway HS and Boerne HS. This year the Texans overcame Tuloso-Midway 10-9, with sophomore Gwen Pierce winning the clinching match in a tiebreak. Against Boerne in the regional final WHS fell behind 3-4 after the doubles matches. Five boys' singles wins and three girls' singles wins clinched the overall victory for the Texans 11-5, advancing the team to the 4A State Tournament for the first time ever. In the state semifinals, Wimberley blitzed through Wills Point HS 10-0 to set up the finals match against Argyle. In the finals, Wimberley won five of the seven doubles matches, including a back-and-forth girls doubles match that went to a third set tiebreak featuring Wimberley's Mackenzie Ursha and Maggie Moore. In singles, five of the six Wimberley boys players won their matches, culminating in senior Cooper Doss's match against Austin Lewis of Argyle. In a third set tiebreak Doss's corner shot got past Lewis to clinch the match and secure the 10th win for Wimberley, awarding them the overall title.
In Team Tennis all squad members play singles and doubles, with each match win counting one point toward the team total. The first school to win 10 points in a matchup is the winner. Competing for WHS this year are: Peyton Anderson, Ava Armstrong, Sarah Cook, Cooper Doss, Drew Gonzales, Nikki Kasper, Ella Malone, Lea Martin, Ryan Metcalf, John Moore, Maggie Moore, Tate Murphy, Gwen Pierce, Hailey Skaggs, Mackenzie Ursha, Max Westmoreland, Nic Wright, Cade Yarbrough, and Josh Ziola.
The Texans are led by head coach Kenneth Gustafson, who is assisted by Michael Coffman and Ramez Antoun.