Last season was another great season for team tennis at Uvalde High School.
Coach Terri Rambie’s Coyotes and Lobos won the District 28-5A title.
The Uvaldeans then won in the bi-district and area rounds of post-season play before losing in the regional semifinals.
“We started off slowly last season, because we had lost of lot of our top girls from the previous year. But as the season went on, we began to jell as a team and began to play really well,” Rambie said.
“By the time we played San Antonio Harlan in district, Coach (Eric) Mahler and I were happy about how we were playing as compared to how we started the season,” Rambie continued. “We went on to win another title, and then beat San Antonio Jefferson in bi-district and Lockhart in Area play, before we lost to Alamo Heights in the regional semifinals.”
UHS 2020 seniors Beau Gonzalez, Andrew Melchor, Ricardo Moreno, Juan Melchor, Joel Zamarripa, Mattie Elder, Kezia Rodriguez, Arlin Morales, Marilyn Torres, Alexia Quijano, Crystal Mason, Rene Garcia and Elizabeth Rodriguez played a big role in the success of the team last season.
“They were a good group,” Rambie said. “They provided a lot of leadership.”
Tops among the list of returning players from last year’s team are Ty Gonzalez, Colton Gaston, Jack Brock, Ben Morales, Damien Weigand, Jacob Flores, Elizaria Hernandez, Ashley Garcia, Julianna Gutierrez, Brianna Amor, Michelle Miller and Joana Reyes.
Among the list of promising new players are incoming freshman Elizabeth Phillips and Allison Goggans.
“There are some other young players who could impact our team this fall, but we’ll have to see how they develop as we begin the season in August,” Rambie said.
After competing in a large Class 5A district for the past few years, UHS drops down to Class 4A this season.
Their new district, 29-4A, features Carrizo Springs, Crystal City, Hondo and Pearsall.
“I’m not real excited about our new district because there are fewer teams in the district, but it is what it is,” said Rambie. “Pearsall and Hondo will provide the toughest competition in our new district.”
In post-season play, Boerne High and Fredericksburg, both of District 28-4A, look to be two of the teams to beat.
UHS’s bi-district features Corpus Christi-area schools Alice, Calallen, Tuloso-Midway, Kingsville and Santa Gertrudis Academy.
“To help us to prepare for post-season playoff competition, we have loaded up with a strong list of non-district opponents,” Rambie said.
Some of the high schools that the Uvaldeans will face in dual-team action in 2020 include Class 6A schools San Antonio Brennan, Warren, and Marshall; Laredo United and United South; Eagle Pass High, Del Rio, Smithson Valley and Killeen.
Floresville, a school from their old district, is also on the 2020 schedule.
Pre-season workouts for the UHS tennis team will begin Aug. 3.
“Coach Mahler and I look forward to a great fall for all our players,” Rambie said. “We have a good, hard-working group of kids and a strong schedule that should prepare us for a strong run in the playoffs.”