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Warriors dominate Titans on the courts

By Taylor Mitchell
Sept. 18, 2012 at 4:18 a.m.
Updated Sept. 19, 2012 at 4:19 a.m.

LEFT: Victoria West's Chase Bennett prepares to return a forehand during Tuesday's match against East. Bennett beat East's Collin Janecka 1-6, 7-5 (10-8) in boys singles.

A year after losing to their cross-town rival 10-9, the Warriors' tennis team dominated Victoria East Tuesday afternoon in a 16-3 victory.

"Of course, it feels really good," first year West coach Jeff Davidson said. "They kids were really excited. This is something they've focused on since last season."

The Lady Warriors won every match they played on East's campus, including two 6-0, 6-0 matches by Alex Giles and Yessenia Martinez in singles play. Martinez defeated Gabe Hise 6-0, 6-0 and Giles won over Whitney Jefferson.

In all, the Lady Warriors lost just 12 games to East.

On the boys' side, the Titans lost all but one singles match - a 6-0, 6-0 victory by Joseph Garland over Wyatt Marks.

Garland was also part of the other East victory in boys doubles, teaming up with Seamos Carlin in a 2-6, 6-4 (10-5) victory over Marks and Antonio Villarreal.

Co-captain Chase Bennett and Paul Cobler each won close singles matches, in which they had to bounce back after losing the first set. Bennett defeated Collin Janecka 1-6, 7-5 (10-8). Cobler won his match after dropping the first set as well, 4-6, 7-5 (10-3).

The duo combined to win their doubles match after being down three games in the first set. Bennett and Cobler wouldn't lose another game en route to a 6-3, 6-0 victory.

"They were upset last year," Davidson said about the players. "They were really focused today and worked hard."

In the No. 1 girls' single match, Celine Wappler defeated Teresea Wang 6-2, 6-2. In the No. 2 match, co-captain Nicole Cobler won 6-1, 6-1 over Maria Garcia.

In girls double action, Wappler and Cobler lost just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory. McKinley Pruski and Alex Giles combined to sweep Shelby Tesch and Gabie Hise 6-0, 6-0 and Yessenia Martinez and Brittany Heibel won 6-1, 6-0.

The Titans won the lone mixed doubles match 7-5, 6-1.

In all, Davidson was happy with the way things played out for the Warriors, but not without some nerves heading into Tuesday's rivalry game.

"I was nervous going in," Davidson admitted. "It was very close in some of those games. I'm happy with how we fought and the kids believed in themselves. They were all paying attention, too. There wasn't anybody on a cell phone."

Tuesday's team victory was also the first of the season for the West squad, but also the first time the entire team had been present at a match.

"We had one or two miss the first match with strep throat," Davidson explained. "There was also some paperwork that needed to be done, too."

For Davidson, there was no one player that stood above the others, but he did say he was proud of the way his two captains handled their responsibilities.

"Everybody stood out to me," Davidson said. "But our captiains - Chase (Bennett) and Nicole (Cobler) have done excellent jobs of supporting everybody and getting the entire team to support one another."

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