Guyer had a chance to win its first team tennis area championship by defeating a team it’d already beaten this year, but an early upset set the tone for Trophy Club Nelson to avenge an earlier loss to Guyer by beating the Wildcats 10-8 on Saturday.
During the district season, Guyer topped Nelson 11-8, but Saturday’s loss ended the Wildcats’ dreams of playing at the regional tournament next weekend.
After an odd 48 hours that saw the area final moved from Lewisville to Wichita Falls after a UIL decision and a vote from the other schools in the bracket, the Wildcats traveled to Wichita Falls on Friday morning to play the final. It was rained out, postponing it until Saturday morning.
The Wildcats ended up having to play a third-place match Saturday afternoon against Wichita Falls, another late addition to their plans. Guyer won 10-9 in its final match of the season to claim third place in the area. Against the Coyotes, Christian Bailey and Kameron Burch, an alternate plugged in at the last minute, combined for three huge wins to propel Guyer.
That match didn’t revive Guyer’s goal to make the regional tournament, as that was all riding on the match against Nelson, which turned in Nelson’s favor in a hurry when Guyer’s No. 1 boys singles player, Eric Morris, dropped a match to Ford Thamsiriboon, 6-1, 7-5.
“That was one of the big ones we were counting on, and they kind of turned the tide,” Guyer coach Ron Rogers said. “That was big for their kid to beat Morris. As soon as their kid beat Morris, they started going crazy and all the rest of the matches became emotional.”
Morris suffered an arm injury during the match, but Rogers said it wasn’t the reason for the loss.
“Not to take anything away from Ford — he played really well today,” Rogers said. “He was something else.”
All six of Guyer’s boys singles players lost their matches, including two three-set matches and a 7-6, 7-5 defeat.
On the girls side, Natalie Wetherington, Savannah Smith, Reagan Pyle and Brooke Roberts won their matches for Guyer, but the Wildcats just had too many close losses.
“There were a lot of close matches and a lot of matches we just didn’t close out,” Rogers said. “We just got tight in some of them and didn’t play to our potential today, but Nelson played well.”
Despite having to go to Wichita Falls at the last moment, Rogers said the crowd from both sides was as intense as he’s ever seen a Guyer team play in front of, with several fans in attendance to support the two Dallas-Fort Worth schools.
“That was the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen playing in this area,” Rogers said. “We had a lot of parents and Nelson had a big crowd, too. It was high-pressure tennis, and they just got us today.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.