Warriors handle St. Joseph at meet

Oct. 13, 2013 at 5:13 a.m.

This past Tuesday, Victoria West hosted St. Joseph in a dual meet.

Good and sometimes great tennis was seen that afternoon.

West won the meet by a score of 10-5, completely sweeping the girls' matches as the team has good depth with more experience than St. Joseph.

The closest St. Joseph got to winning a girls' match was Sofia Horadam and Christina Haynes losing in a tiebreaker to Lexi Kovar and McKinley Pruski. Haynes also narrowly lost to Pruski in a third set tiebreaker.

In watching these matches, I would have to give a lot of credit to Kovar.

As a freshman, she is making an impact on the team, and her improvement is astounding. It is no coincidence, as she has worked very hard on her game.

St. Joseph earned all its points on the boy's side. No. 1 boy's singles was won handily by David Du over Chase Bennett. No. 2 boy's singles had Collin Hartman defeating Daniel Shay.

In doubles, Du and Hartman combined to best Bennett and Wyatt Marks in straight sets.

However, the upset of the day was St. Joseph's No. 3 player, Connor Velasco, defeating Paul Cobler in a third set tiebreaker. In Cobler's defense, he is just returning after being out with a back injury.

But it was a good win and confidence builder for the freshman Velasco.

The Victoria Country Club head pro returned from The USPTA World Conference in Orlando, Fla., recently and received some very good insights into the direction of junior tennis, all the way up to our top players in the U.S.

It's always a good time to network and keep Victoria tennis on the radar. There are not only national conferences going on but also sectional conferences that take place.

The U.S. has 17 sections, with Texas having its own section because of its size.

So, you reacquaint with the state pros but also meet pros from other parts of the country. There is a lot of information sharing at these conferences.

I just returned from College Station last weekend, where the second regional was held for the USTA's Tennis on Campus intramural college event. It hosted 62 teams from around the state and even a few Louisiana teams, including LSU. It was a huge success.

Texas A&M was the big winner, claiming the top division.

The Victoria Tennis Association Play Day Mixer event Oct. 5 was attended by 22 players, including several guests, who enjoyed the cooler weather, great food and fun tennis.

There was great participation in both singles and doubles.

The morning started off with six courts of singles and two courts of doubles. A number of people played both singles and doubles before the day was done.

Thanks and appreciation to Mike Sherman, who provided refreshments. VTA extends a welcome to new member Carol Bozka, of Hallettsville. Her contact information will be added to the VTA tennis roster.

Thanks to James Thompson, as his photography was appreciated.

Upcoming events include St. Joseph playing Goliad in a dual match this Tuesday.

Also, Katy Littleton is hosting a middle school singles tournament next Saturday at Stroman Middle School. It will be leveled off with advanced, intermediate and C levels. It is inexpensive as well. The cost is only $5, with each player bringing one can of Championship Duty balls.

Drinks and snacks will be available at the site.

To sign up or if you have any questions, call Katy Littleton at 361-575-7578 or 361-550-6079.

See you on the courts; hit 'em good and hit 'em often.

Philip Perez is the assistant tennis pro at Victoria Country Club. He can be reached at pperez@victoriacc.com.



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