Weatherford and Brock high schools’ varsity tennis teams faced off for the second time in roughly two weeks over the weekend, as the latter avenged an earlier 10-9 loss to the Roos and Lady Roos with a 10-9 win of its own.
The competition, dubbed the Battle of Parker County by the two local teams, proved a back and forth affair from start to finish, Weatherford Head Tennis Coach Steve Quy said.
“This one was one of those matches where it was constantly back and forth,” Quy said.
“They would win one, we would win one. So no one got out to a big lead. Even the last match on the court was back and forth itself.”
Brock Head Tennis Coach Wesley Kidd echoed his counterpart’s comments, saying that while his own team benefitted from a stronger start versus Weatherford this time around, the Roos and Lady Roos proved a tough out.
“The first time we played them, we were down 5-2 after doubles,” Kidd said.
“And then we fought back and just narrowly missed out on a win. We were up 4-3 this time after doubles, so we improved two matches there. I felt pretty confident then, but Weatherford fought back.
“It could go either way each time. It depends on which players pull through at the end and show up that given day. Luckily it went our way this time.”
In fact, the match proved so competitive that a winner was not decided until the final pairing of the day, a girls’ singles matchup.
“It all ended up coming down to No. 3 girls’ singles,” Kidd said.
“That was the last match. It was back and forth, both players were dealing with the heat, and it ended up coming down to a tiebreaker to end it all. Taylor Shupick actually saved two match points in that match, which were not just for her but the whole team. She ended up closing out the tiebreaker, 7-4.”
Quy said his team’s girls gave a great effort on the court, while conceding that Brock’s own girls proved the deciding factor in the match.
“Brock beat us because their girls had a better day,” Quy said.
“Our girls competed pretty well, we just didn’t win enough matches on that side to give us the victory.”
Weatherford is set to play another Parker County neighbor, Aledo, in a non-district match at 4 p.m. Friday at home.
Brock plays Cleburne in a non-district match at 4 p.m. Tuesday.