Crossroads trio goes for state titles

May 8, 2010 at 12:08 a.m.

Three area tennis players will compete for state UIL tennis championships next week in Austin.

Industrial's Miranda Hogsed and Cole Hirschhauser will vie for the mixed 2A doubles crown while Shiner's Amanda Hibbs is going for the 1A girls singles title.

Industrial tennis coach Kerry Griffith said that Hogsed and Hirshhauser were paired together when Hogsed's mixed doubles partner from last year graduated and Hirshhauser's partner moved before the Christmas break.

"At first we weren't very comfortable, and as time went on we got to know each other and went on to play good tennis," Hirshhauser said.

Griffith isn't changing the way the team prepares for the state tournament and said all that can be asked from Hirshhauser, a junior, and Hogsed, a sophomore, is that they give it their all next week.

"We go out and expect them to play the best they can and that's all I can ask for them," Griffith said.

Although Hogsed is an underclassmen don't expect her to be overwhelmed by Austin or the state tournament.

"It's not really that nerve racking," Hogsed said. "It's a very big honor for our school. It's a real big opportunity for us to show how we could play."

Hibbs is a four-year varsity tennis player that has made it to at least the regional round in three of her four years as a Comanche. She is prepared for her last competition.

"It's my last chance," Hibbs said. "It's my last sport. I'm just going to give it all I have."

Shiner tennis coach Jo Ann Muehlstein said Hibbs' patience and accuracy have improved since she came into the program and she's been hitting the ball harder recently.

Muelhstein has also changed her team's practice schedule to help Hibbs get better. This week Hibbs has gone against the best Shiner players, boys and girls, and has practiced in the afternoon heat to prepare her for a 2:30 p.m. semifinal match.

Hibbs inherited a love for the game from her father, a former East Texas Baptist University tennis player. This affection for tennis made it easier to beat the heat and get ready for Monday.

"This week has been intense and fun knowing I'm going to represent my school at the state tournament," Hibbs said.

The UIL Tennis Championships run Monday and Tuesday. Class 2A mixed doubles play starts at 11:30 am. Monday at the Penick-Allison Courts on the University of Texas campus. The 1A girls singles begin at 10:30 am. Monday at the World of Tennis at Lakeway.



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