Since the Guyer tennis program was established, the Wildcats have always had a severe roadblock to make the postseason in the fall team tennis season.
In Class 4A, it’s always been state powers Wichita Falls and Wichita Falls Rider, and when Guyer was in Class 5A for two years, the Wildcats were in a district with state powers Coppell and Southlake Carroll.
With the addition of an area round of the playoffs prior to regionals this year, four teams from each district make the playoffs, but it turns out the Wildcats didn’t need the new rule.
Guyer earned the second seed out of District 5-4A behind Rider after sharing a three-way district title with Wichita Falls and Rider and edging Wichita Falls in a tiebreaker. On Wednesday, the Wildcats won the first playoff match in program history when they topped Saginaw Boswell 10-1 at Lewisville Harmon.
“Our first big goal for this year was to beat either Wichita Falls school,” Guyer coach Ron Rogers said. “That’s always been our goal in 4A because I knew that would catapult us into the playoffs. We got that this year by beating Wichita Falls 12-7, and now we’re pushing kids to get to regionals and state.
“You get to regionals and there’s eight teams there. We’re just as good as anyone in the region.”
Guyer now will face the winner of a match between Birdville and Trophy Club Nelson in Friday’s area final, which also will be at Lewisville Harmon. The Wildcats defeated both of those teams 15-4 this season.
Guyer got off to a quick start with its boys doubles teams, as the duos of Eric Morris and Ryan Murray, Cole O’Neill and Jamie Reinauer, and Isaac Akintitan and Christian Bailey dropped just five total games in their three matches.
“They were really aggressive and just played really well from the start,” Rogers said.
Rogers also credited No. 5 girls singles player Reagan Pyle for battling through some adversity to take her match 6-2, 6-2 in the win that clinched Guyer its spot in Friday’s area final, which will start at 4 p.m.
Even though Guyer will have beaten its next opponent soundly earlier this year, regardless of which team it is, Rogers said he knows his team will see a different match Friday.
“I’m trying to tell the kids it’s not going to be a 15-4 match,” Rogers said. “It’s the playoffs, and it’s going to be tough. We have to earn everything all over again. We’ve gotten a lot better, and hopefully we can go show how hard we’ve worked all season.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.