AUSTIN -- The Guyer tennis team’s first trip to the UIL state tournament did not last as long as the Wildcats had hoped, as their girls doubles team ran into a tough Highland Park duo and fell in their first-round match 6-2, 6-1.
Megan Poe and Alex Rodriguez, Guyer’s lone team at the Class 4A state tournament and the first state qualifier in the program’s history, got off to a slow start against Chandler Carter and Nan Porter and could not overcome the fundamentally strong team at the University of Texas Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin.
“They just played a real solid game and didn’t make very many errors,” Guyer head coach Ron Rogers said of the Highland Park team. “It made it tough for us to get any kind of rhythm going. They closed the net well. They were just solid players.”
The Wildcats had their serve broken early and often against the Scots. Rogers said he knew his team was nervous at the beginning of the match, but by the time they were able to settle in, it was too late.
“When you’re at state, you don’t have a lot of time [to settle in],” Rogers said. “Every team is good here. At district and regionals, sometimes you have extra comfort room to make a run. If there’s any nerves here, though, the teams are so good it’s hard to dig your way out. Once a team is on you, they keep putting the dirt on you and bury you.”
The first set saw Guyer’s team trail 2-1 and again at 4-2, before eventually falling 6-2, and the Wildcats fell into a quick 3-0 hole in the second set.
“The match was competitive,” Rogers said. “It doesn’t show with the score, but we played well. They [Carter and Porter] just didn’t make any mistakes and won all the big points. They just played really solid.”
Despite the disappointing finish to their season, and to Rodriguez’s high school career, Rogers said he was proud of what Poe, a freshman, and Rodriguez were able to accomplish this season after being teamed together after the spring season had already began. They finished the year with 37-4 record.
Along with boys doubles team Kolos Urbanyi and Parker Metcalf, the duo was the first team from Guyer to make it as far as the regional tournament before qualifying for state.
“I’m really proud of my two girls, from getting out of district to regionals and getting on to state, that is an incredible accomplishment,” Rogers said. “They’re upset with the loss, but they’ve done great things this year.”
Rogers said several of Guyer’s tennis players made the trip down to Austin to support their teammates and hopes that serves as a solid foundation for his program in the years to come.
“Now they have goals for next year,” Rogers said. “We brought a big group of kids down, and they got to see what state is all about and how cool it is. It’s a great atmosphere to play in.”