The Texas State tennis team won 11 out of 14 matches at its recent Play Date tournament at home, and looks to carry that momentum into Friday’s University of Houston Cougar Classic.
The classic will be the final tournament of 2013 for the Bobcats. The team will resume play Jan. 18 against Texas Tech.
After some experimenting, Texas State earned two victories out of the three doubles matches played last weekend in San Marcos. The tandems impressed Coach Tory Plunkett.
“We switched up the doubles teams,” Plunkett said. “I wasn’t expecting (senior Jessica Kahts and junior Shannon Beckett) to do that well.”
The only doubles loss came from the duo of freshman Pippa Carr and junior Monica Pieratt.
“I think it was more of (Carr) wondering whether or not she was good to go,” Plunkett said. “Even though we lost that match, it was good experience. (Carr) got that one out of her system and after she was good to go.”
The Cougar Classic will utilize traditional women’s scoring, where the singles players will try to win the best of three sets with one-ad scoring. In doubles play, the scoring will decide the winner after just one set.
“The Cougar Classic will have a bit stronger competition,” Plunkett said. “We are going to keep some of these doubles teams together to see if we can continue the success we had this weekend.”
Saturday was Carr’s first match of the season after coming off of an ankle injury. Although she dropped her doubles match with teammate Pieratt, Carr was able to win her singles match against Texas-Pan American’s Heather Borsos in straight sets, 6–3, 6–1.
“We have been practicing hard as a team,” Kahts said. “This is our last tournament and that will motivate us to push ourselves to go far.”
Kahts will be going into her final fall tournament with an overall season record of 22-9 since the beginning of the team’s season in April. Kahts is on a two-match winning streak in her singles play and is 7–3 in her last 10 matches.
The Bobcats will play in the Sun Belt Conference for the first time in January.
“I don’t know what it will be like in the Sun Belt,” Plunkett said. “This is our first time in the conference.”
The 2013-14 season will mark Coach Plunkett’s 10th year as head coach for the Texas State women’s tennis team. Last season, Plunkett led the Bobcats to a 14–6 record.