Experience from successful fall strengthens squad’s resolve for individual play
After a solid first chapter of the 2019-20 tennis season, the Barbers Hill squad feels strongly about the spring campaign that begins Friday in Humble.
Head coach Tyler Thames saw his Eagles win the District 21-5A team tennis title and advance to the area round following the 2019 crown won last spring, sending nine players to regionals.
“We are looking forward to a great spring and expect several players to advance to the regional tournament in late April,” Thames said. “We will utilize the early spring to evaluate other teams in the district and organized our lineup in a manner to advance the largest number of players beyond the district level and win a district title in the process.”
Thames has plenty of experienced talent to count on including London King at girls singles and doubles players Sydney Underwood and Emily Tilton.
“With so many people leaving last year it put a lot of pressure on us to do better,” Tilton said. “I like the spring better because it’s more competitive and you get to play people at all different kinds of levels while team, you already kind of know what you are expecting.”
The boys will have Kyler Duhon and Mason Daniels at doubles while the mixed doubles teams of Brailey Delao and Nico Markos and Regan Lee and Conner Hudgins should be dangerous.
Thames will have to go without Daniels for now as he continues play for the basketball team.
Other key contributors includes Amy Buntin, Krissa Wright, Lindsey DelAngel, Makyla Trevino, Stephen Wong, Greg Yzqueirdo and Ethan Sandate.
“We are more prepared this year,” Wong said. “We had a lot of players who stepped up in the fall. Underclassmen were winning matches so we were balanced. I knew they would step up.”
Thames said that Autumn Walker, Alden Sandate, Bo Rhodes, Chase Torre and Jason Hillhouse are players who should do well in new varsity roles.