CORSICANA – Glen Rose’s tennis season officially got underway shortly after 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, and did so with mixed results, said Head Coach Gregger Yeager.
The Plano-transfer and Glen Rose-freshman, Harrison Hawkins certainly did not disappoint in his debut with the Tigers. Hawkins easily disposed of the four competitors he faced in Boys’ Singles on his way to an 8-0, 8-1, 8-1, 8-1 first place finish.
“For anyone else it would have been super impressive, but for Harrison I kind of expected it,” Yeager said.
Due to Diego Ruiz being out of the country – in Canada, in fact – for a karate tournament and a last-minute substitution on the doubles’ side, Hawkins was the Glen Rose’s only competitor in Boys’ Singles.
With Austin Mullins sick, junior Scott Goessett filled-in and played alongside Josue Guia for the first time in their careers in Boys’ Doubles. The pair went 1-1 on the day with an 8-1 win over Palmer in the opening round.
First-year players, Hunter Wooten and Logan Stone dropped their only two matches in Boys’ Doubles on the day.
In Girls’ Singles, Grace Morris and Brittany Rosentreter won their opening rounds 8-0 and 8-1, before dropping the second rounds 3-8 and 4-8, respectively.
“Both girls said they thought they could have won the second match,” Yeager said, “but this was just their second day out and basketball and they have only had one practice. I think they’ll be OK with time.”
Daisy Pena dropped both of her sets in Girls’ Singles.
It was arguably the Girls’ Doubles division that saw the most potential on the day, with five players making their varsity debuts.
Sophomores Emma Bozarth and Annie Bryant finished 2-1 on the day, but the mark was good enough for a third-place finish.
Yeager said he was most impressed with the tandem’s grit and determination when down four sets to seven against Centerville in the quarterfinals.
Bozarth and Bryant forced a tiebreaker and then won the tiebreaker, 10-8 to advance to the semifinals against Jacksonville. The girls dropped the third match, 3-8.
Bari Douglas and Briley Bason finished their day 1-2 with an 8-4 win over Centerville in round two. The third pairing of Ashlyn Reynolds and Kansas Simmons won it opening round 8-5 over Jacksonville, before dropping the quarterfinal match 2-8 to eventual champion, Palmer.
“For all four of these girls it was their first time on varsity and all six was their first time playing together on varsity,” Yeager said. “Overall, I saw a lot of good things from them. If the bracket had set up a little differently, I thought Ashlyn and Kansas could have made the semifinals, too.”
In Mixed Doubles, Briley Green and Emileigh Cantwell logged the most-game action and went 3-2 in the process.
“Both played in their first ever varsity tournament and this was the first one ever for Green, period,” Yeager said. “This was one of those where it was amazing to see how they grew as individuals and as a team throughout the day.”
Also in Mixed Doubles, the pairings of Dakota Paschall and London Bulliner, and Oscar Suarez and Emily Darby, finished the day 0-2.
Glen Rose tennis will return to action on Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Madness Tournament in Ennis.