Tennis takes the court


The Madisonville tennis team has returned to the court for competitive play in the fall season with a tournament at Rudder High School in Bryan and a practice matchup in The Woodlands to open the season.

“This was our first action of the season after just a week of official practice,” said head tennis Coach Catherine Sedlacek. “I was pleased with the overall competitiveness of my team this early in the year against some larger schools.”

At the tournament, the Mustangs fell to Bryan by a score of 10 matches to three and Rudder 10 matches to eight. In a dual practice match against The Woodlands, Madisonville lost 10 sets to none.

“The team score of this dual match does not reflect how much improvement (Coach Tyler Welsh) and I saw the team make from the tournament just one week before,” said Sedlacek. “We were missing two players and had to rearrange our lineup accordingly. Also, many of our players reached 40-all scores during their matches and had some games come out with scores of 8-5 and 8-4.”

It is also worth mentioning that The Woodlands concluded the 2017-18 season ranked number four overall out of all 6A schools in Texas.

“For a school like ours facing a tennis powerhouse like The Woodlands, this was a very impressive showing and it makes us proud of the work and gains our players have made to this point,” said Sedlacek. “With that being said, we still have some work to put in before our first district match this week.”

For the first time this season, Madisonville will enjoy a home matchup in a dual affair with Mexia at MHS on Thursday at 4 p.m. The remainder of their events throughout the regular season will be district matchups.