The McKinney North tennis team upset No. 1-seeded Lovejoy in the 13-4A District Tournament on Wednesday by a score 10-6. The Bulldogs are your 2012 13-4A Champions.
The Bulldogs scraped out three doubles wins early, which was an improvement over the two they got the first time against the Leopards that built momentum going into singles. The boys team swept six quick singles matches and Rebecca Rose pulled out an upset at No. 3 singles to grab the team victory. The girls team battled hard against a very strong and deep Lovejoy team. Their effort was a huge improvement over the first match with Lovejoy.
The road to 10 matches came with North drawing first blood as Santi Gonzalez and Jordan Brewer won their doubles match. Match #2 came with Jordan Hart and Caleb Orr winning their doubles match. Match #3 was added when Colby Seamster and Darien Florez picked up #2 boys dubs a match Lovejoy was counting on.
Match #4, #5. #6 came quickly as Caleb Orr, Santi Gonzalez, and Jordan Brewer absolutely destroyed their singles opponents. Match #7 came as Jordan Hart surgically took apart Lovejoy’s number 1 boy. Match #8 was an impressive win by Rebecca Rose.
Match #9 came in typically poetic Darien Florez fashsion as he methodically carved through his opponent. How do you spell irony? You could spell it C-o-l-b-y, as in the onetime Lovejoy Leopard Cobly Seamster obliterating his opponent 6-2, 6-0 to win the 10th match and clinch the team match.
As the match went on, the Bulldogs experience and confidence showed as they pulled of the court at 10 matches Elise Schraer, Anna Molera, and Hannah Story were all on their way to victories. This was a far cry for the early September Bulldog team that faced the Leopards in round robin play.
The Bulldogs, ranked 11th in the state, improved to 20-5 on the year and with the district title earn a spot in the Region II-4A Tournament on October 26th and 27th.
The district champion Bulldogs include: Jordan Hart, Colby Seamster, Santiago Gonzalez, Jordan Brewer, Caleb Orr, Darien Florez, Mason Cagley, Andrew Tucker, Tyler Taba, Nick Parker, Austin Blumenthal, Annalee Berlin, Elise Schraer, Hannah Story, Brooke Lowes, Bec Rose, Lauren Palomo, Ari Romeo, Anna Molera, Kayann Orr, Kelsey Priestley, and Jamie Thompson.