Womens Varsity Tennis
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- May 10, 2021
- COWBOYS: 9
PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL: 0
May 14, 2021
A rain out from Monday…rescheduled for a Friday.
Thinking back over my years….short of regional play, the Cowgirls have never played a match on a Friday due to Fall and Football emphasis. Yes, it felt different.
The Cowgirls were grateful when the Parkland bus rolled up. In that the Lady Mustangs only had 4 players is disconcerting, but grateful because Parkland has a team. It has been 11 years since Parkland fielding a team in W Tennis. This makes all the difference in the world from a 6 team conference where not every member school can or will field all of their teams. 4 teams!!! Wahoo!
In that there were only four players representing Parkland, NCHSAA rules say instead of playing one’s talent spot, the courts/seeds must shift up…meaning, Parkland had to play their ladies at seeds 1-4 and default on the last two courts in singles and #3 dubs as well. Two of the Lady Mustangs were still in covid quarantine – not because they had it, rather, as a precaution for a family member who showed symptoms. One other Mustang had 4 teeth removed…ouch! Clearly, they were not playing today.
Congrats to Maggi Mugi and Shaini Lal and the dubs team of Mugi/Lal for earning the victory on courts 5/6 and #3 dubs for today!
So…before the Cowgirls took to the courts, we were technically up 3-0.
Before the reader begins rejoicing, allow coach to set the tone. Just as we earned a victory over HPC 8-1, HPC won over Western 5-4. In short, there is a wide swath of talent represented by the individual schools. Yes, a win is preferred over a loss, but not all wins are created equally. Todays win was more about celebrating that Parkland had a team…then winning the match, thus allowing lower seeds to taste the thrill of a varsity match in dubs. And that is what we did.
Though shot selection was important, the top 4 seeds main goal was to play a good game, but also to encourage the daylights out of the Lady Mustangs. All Cowgirls won either 6-0, 6-0 or in dubs, 8-0…yeah! But when the disparity is so great between the teams, the purpose of play shifts to encouragement and more so a mentor role. Though we are leaving the PT 3A this next year, my hope is for Parkland’s team to strengthen and grow into a more robust program. Their coach, Dana Johnson, is head strong and fought to not only coach the tennis teams (boys and girls) but even as the numbers didn’t look as plentiful as showed interest, continued to fight for the sake of those who wanted to play. Kudos to Coach Johnson and the Lady Mustangs for not only fielding a team but also for continuing to grow the game of tennis for these young ladies.
Congratulations to the Cowgirls for their victory. Singles winners were:
Maggi Mugi (by default)
Shaini Lal (by default)
In winning, coach was able to move a few up into Varsity play. Congrats as well to the following Cowgirls for their victories in dubs play:
Avery McCaskill/Lauren Harris
Tamara Davis/Audrey Toney
Cowgirls draw back even at 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.
Cowgirls host Western Guilford on Monday, NW Guilford on Wednesday, and Ragsdale on Thursday….all at home. Come out and see the ladies play!
Cowgirls over the Lady Mustangs 9-0 in conference tennis action
Audrey Serb (SW) over Jennifer Galicia (P) 6-0, 6-0
Annie Vo (SW) over Mariam Raja (P) 6-0, 6-0
Tran Nguyen (SW) over Ifeoluwatobi Onasanya (P) 6-0, 6-0
Nicole Sopala (SW) over Diana Moreno (P) 6-0, 6-0
Maggi Mugi (SW) by Default (no #5 from Parkland)
Shaini Lal (SW) by Default (no #6 from Parkland)
Cowgirls up 6-0 and clinch the match after singles
Avery McCaskill/Lauren Harris (SW) over Galicia/Raja (P) 8-0
Tamara Davis/Audrey Toney (SW) over Onasanya/Moreno (P) 8-0
#3 dubs, by Default (no players from Parkland)