PLANO – Wylie knocked off defending Class 6A champion Plano West 12-7 in a nondistrict dual tennis match here Friday.
Wylie, which edged Frisco Centennial 10-9 earlier in the day in Frisco, improved to 5-0 with the two victories. The Bulldogs beat Frisco Lebanon Trail 17-2 on Thursday in Frisco.
“To start the season 5-0 against the teams we have played this year is more than I could have even hoped for,” Wylie coach Mark Hathorn said. “The match against Centennial this morning was one of the best, most stressful but fun matches we have played in years. The kids were fired up.”
Grant Bristow won the 10th point for the match win with a 6-4, 7-6 (7), 10-7 victory at No. 5 boys singles for the Bulldogs, who were a Class 5A state finalist last year.
Connor Brown also won at No. 2 boys singles, and he teamed up with Bristow to win at No. 2 doubles. Trevor Short and Marshall McPherson won at No. 1 boys doubles.
Carly Bontke, Stealey Crousen, Kate Delgado, Suhejla Quinami and Truleigh Conover each won in girls singles. Bontke and Delgado got the lone win in girls doubles.
“We lost some close ones but won some close ones as well,” Hathorn said.
Wylie capped the day with the victory over the Plano West Wolves.
Short, Brown and Brandon Cowling each got wins in boys singles, while Short and Marshall McPherson, plus Bristow and Brown, won in doubles.
Crousen, Qinami, Kindall Alford and Conover won in girls singles, and Wylie swept girls doubles – one by default. Alford and Cowling also won mixed doubles.
“(That) was a great win for our team,” Hathorn said. “We came out strong in doubles and (the) first few singles. We were up 11-2, then they closed the gap a bit. Proud of these kids. It felt like playoff matches today. Kids are tired, but I think they are proud.”
Wylie 12, Plano West 7
BOYS SINGLES – Trevor Short, Wylie, def. Jerry Wu 6-1, 6-3; Connor Brown, Wylie, def. Omkar Vasa 3-6, 6-3, 10-3; Brandon Cowling, Wylie, def. Taku Coulston 6-4, 6-2; Luis Gomez, Plano West, def. Marshall McPherson 6-7 (8-6), 6-2; Kartik Godbole, Plano West, def. Grant Bristow 6-0, 6-2; Akshay Bhaskar, Plano West, def. Steven Cowling 6-1, 6-4.
BOYS DOUBLES – Short/McPherson, Wylie, def. Vasa/Wu 6-2, 6-1; Brown/Bristow, Wylie, def. Bhaskar/Coulston 6-1, 7-5; Godbole/Gomez, Plano West, def. Cowling/Dillion Muckatira 6-4, 6-1.
GIRLS SINGLES – Cody Huang, Plano West, def. Carly Bontke 6-2, 2-6, 10-1; Emma Thoms, Plano West, def. Kate Delgado 6-3, 6-4; Stealey Crousen, Wylie, def. Avery Hu 6-3, 6-3; Suhejla Qinami, Wylie, def. Ramya Bendapudi 6-0, 6-1; Kindall Alford, Wylie, def. Ruthie Sandkovsky 6-4, 6-1; Truleigh Conover, Wylie, def. Sri Chukka 6-3, 6-2.
GIRLS DOUBLES – Huang/Thoms, Plano West, def. Crousen/Delgado 6-2, 7-5; Bontke/Qinami, Wylie, def. Bendapudi/Hu 6-0, 6-0; Conover/Joelyn Hardy, Wylie def. Chukku/Sandkowsky, default.
MIXED DOUBLES – Cowling/Alford 3-6, 7-5, 10-6.
RECORDS – Wylie 5-0; Plano West n/a.