The Melissa Cardinals defeated Lake Worth, 17-2, in a Class 4A area-round playoff match-up on Oct. 18 at the Lifetime Tennis Center in Plano. The win marked the first time that Melissa tennis has reached the third round of the playoffs.


“Our team really seemed to gel these past couple of matches,” Melissa head coach Brad Crawford said. “We’ve been fighting weather and hitting spinner balls in the gym, and it’s been tough staying focused. But our kids did. I’m just so proud of them. To be area champions and to be playing team tennis regionals for the first time is an amazing feeling.”


In the bi-district round on Oct. 17, the Cards swept past North Dallas, 18-1, also at the Lifetime Tennis Center. “I’m so proud of our kids,” Crawford said after that victory. “They played awesome today. This is our second year in a row to be bi-district champions. Hard work is showing up on the court right now. … They are amazing young women and young men.”


MELISSA WINNERS VS. LAKE WORTH


Boys Doubles


1. John Lewis/Dawson Mercer, 6-0, 6-0


2. Zach Butterfield/Jake Fowler, 6-1, 6-2


3. Wilson Gustaveson/A.J. Gonzalez, 6-1, 6-0


Girls Doubles


1. Sarah Keeton/Megan Carr, 6-3, 6-7, 10-5


2. Julianne Garlin/Skylar McCaskill, 6-0, 6-3


Boys Singles


1. John Lewis, 6-0, 6-0


2. Jake Fowler, 6-2, 6-1


3. Dawson Mercer, 8-3


4. Zach Butterfield, 6-1, 6-0


5. Sam Whitten, 8-3


6. A.J. Gonzalez, 6-0


Girls Singles


2. Sierra Thomas, 8-6


3. Megan Carr, 8-4


4. MacKenzie Wilke, 6-0, 6-1


5. Julianna Garlin, 6-0, 6-0


6. Skylar McCaskill, 8-0


MELISSA WINNERS VS. NORTH DALLAS


Boys Doubles


1. John Lewis/Dawson Mercer, 6-0, 6-0


2. Zach Butterfield/Jake Fowler, 6-0, 6-0


3. Wilson Gustaveson/A.J. Gonzalez, 6-0, 6-0


Girls Doubles


1. Sarah Keeton/Megan Carr, 6-0, 6-0


2. Julianne Garlin/Skylar McCaskill, 6-0, 6-0


3. Mackenzie. Wilke/Reese Maddock, 6-0, 6-1


Mixed Doubles


1. Sam Whitten/Sierra Thomas, 6-0, 6-4


Boys Singles


2. Jake Fowler, 6-0, 6-0


3. Dawson Mercer, 6-0, 6-1


4. Zach Butterfield, 6-0, 6-0


5. Sam Whitten, 8-0


6. A.J. Gonzalez, 8-0


Girls Singles


1. Sarah Keeton, 8-0


2. Sierra Thomas, 8-0


3. Megan Carr, 6-0, 6-0


4. Mackenzie Wilke, 8-0


5. Julianna Garlin, 8-0


6. Skylar McCaskill, 8-0


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Cards’ playoff run ends


The Argyle Eagles got by Melissa, 10-8, in the regional quarterfinals of the Class 4A team tennis playoffs on Monday at Carrollton Ranchview High School. The Cardinals were edged 4-3 in singles matches and 6-5 in doubles. Melissa winners are listed below.


Boys Doubles


1. Dawson Mercer/John Lewis, 6-1, 6-1


2. Zach Butterfield/Jake Fowler, 6-4, 6-0


Mixed Doubles


1. Sam Whitten/Sierra Thomas, 3-6, 6-4, 10-7


Boys Singles


1. John Lewis, 6-0, 6-1


2. Jake Fowler, 6-0, 6-3


3. Dawson Mercer, 5-7, 7-6, 10-3


4. Zach Butterfield, 6-1


Girls Singles


5. Julianna Garlin, 1-6, 6-4, 11-9