On March 28, the Grace Prep varsity tennis team competed in district. Three doubles teams advanced to state in Abilene on April 8th.
Brothers, Junior Drew Moore and Freshman Luke Moore, earned 5th in District, and tied for 3rd at the 4A State meet.
The level of play for the Men’s 4A finals dramatically increases; creating a highly competitive atmosphere. Therefore, the Moore brother’s success stands as quite a remarkable achievement.
“It was really amazing to win our second match” said Drew, “ we lost to the same team at district.”
Seniors, Claire Bullington and Kay Lee Sedwick, are doubles partners, and have been for 2 years. This experienced duo won 3rd in District, and won 2nd at the TAPPS 4A State tennis tournament.
The match before the finals was delayed by rain, so they ended up playing late at night.
“Kay Lee and I weren’t really nervous,” said Claire “We were more tired than anything from our previous match.”
Perhaps, the fact that this duo won 3rd at state last year helped calm their nerves, giving room for a bit of humor on the court!
“It’s fun to be able to crack jokes with your opponent between sets.” said Sedwick.
Freshman Caty Thompson, and Sophomore Sara Gunn also advanced to state as doubles partners. They won 4th place in their district, but lost in the first round at state.
“Caty and I were just excited that we were going to state, so we had fun.” said Sara.
Unlike Claire and Kay Lee, this year was Thompson and Gunn’s first year to advance to state. Naturally, therefore, there was a bit more tension.
“Our coach says we have to be partly nervous or you won’t get anything done,” said Gunn.
At district, Bullington, Sedwick, Thompson, and Gunn played against each other in the final round of doubles, creating quite the dilemma for both players and coach Jordan Dvoracek alike.
Laughing, Drew shed some light on the situation, “Our coach wasn’t sure who to coach: Claire and Kay Lee, or Caty, and Sara; so he decided to come coach Luke and I.”
Jordan Dvoracek, or, “Coach D”, as the team calls him, has been coaching tennis here for four years. Every teammate enjoys having him as a coach, and a friend.