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Anna team tennis makes third straight trip to Regionals

By Rick Bailey
Anna-Melissa Tribune

Hopes for State meet cut short by top 5 Kaufman squad

Anna - After reaching the Regional round of the UIL Team Tennis competition for the third year in a row the head coach Vince Sharp’s Anna Coyotes ran into a buzz saw in top five ranked Kaufman (22-2). The Coyotes fell 10-2 to the extremely strong Kaufman Lion squad, but found a silver lining in the 2020 season. 

Initially Anna’s tennis program was considered to be in a rebuilding year back in August when the season began. However, the Coyotes put together more than a formidable run into the playoffs after going undefeated in district play. Anna finished the season with a 12-5 record overall and all of those losses were at the hand of either a 6A team or top 5 teams in the other two classes. 

Coach Vince Sharp commented on his team’s efforts, “We had our highest ranking ever at 13th in the state.  All the while I considered this a rebuilding year coming into the season after losing 10 players from last year's team.  I mean to accomplish all of this in a rebuilding year is phenomenal.  I am very proud of these kids.” 

“I especially am glad we got to make the run we made for our four senior boys.  Ryan Lamar, Brendan Muisyo, Bow Gates, and Luke Adcox.  They can all say, they were on the most decorated team in school history, and that is pretty cool,” added Sharp. 

The Coyotes won three straight matches on their playoff run this fall. They took out Fort Worth Diamond Hill Jarvis 10-0 in the bi-district match. In the second round of the playoffs they faced their toughest competition until the Kaufman match. After falling behind 5-2 during their second round match Anna came back to win the match 14-5. 

The next round put the Coyotes up against Ferris and they rolled 10-2. In their first round Regional match Anna ran into the very strong Kaufman Lion squad. Kaufman (22-2) handed the Coyote squad a 10-2 defeat to gain a berth in the regional finals where they defeated Wills Point 10-5. 

Facing another talented team, Kaufman fell to Hereford 10-8. The Lions are matched against Boerne who defeated Little River Academy who won their semifinal match 10-0.

When asked to evaluate this year’s run Sharp said, “I especially am glad we got to make the run we made for our four senior boys. Ryan Lamar, Brendan Muisyo, Bow Gates, and Luke Adcox.  They can all say, they were on the most decorated team in school history, and that is pretty cool.”

Now the Coyotes will focus on Spring tennis. Several of the team members are continuing to play outside the school program to bring their skills to the highest level. Sharp noted that the Coyote squad was moving in the right direction. He added, “Right now we are continuing to practice and going to get started early on Spring tournaments.  All of the kids are excited to keep making a push to get better.  With only losing four players and adding my younger daughter Ella next year in the fall for team tennis, we should be one of the favorites to get to state next year.  We have a lot to work on, but I know we can do it.”

When summarizing this fall team tennis run head coach Sharp commented, “Another cool note from this fall is that junior Molli Woodbury was a varsity member of all three regional semifinals teams.  No student in Anna High School ever has played in four straight regional semifinals, and if we are able to work hard and get back to that round again she will be the only player to do this as a varsity player for all four years of her career. Pretty exciting.”

All things considered the Anna Coyote tennis program is moving forward in a positive direction with many things to look forward to later this year in the Spring and next Fall as well. The Coyotes will be a team to be reckoned with for years to come in Class 4A.