Tennis team ranked No. 1 in 4A

The varsity tennis team will start the season as the No. 1 ranked 4A team in the state. Sixth-year Head coach Wade Sinard, senior Denise Navarro, and juniors Ximena Arredondo and  Damian Rosas said the Warriors have come a long way and are “ready to make history.”

How does it feel being ranked number one in the state?

Sinard: It feels validating to be pre-season ranked No. 1 in the state. It takes me back to when the team was 0-15 in the fall of 2014 and last in the district. Upon my arrival in the fall of 2015, we started building and used those returning players to buy in and help start a new foundation. Without them, none of this would have been possible. This accomplishment is for all of those players, past and current, that contributed to the program. However, we know we haven’t done anything yet; but it shows the level of respect we have earned over the last few seasons. With that, we know we now have a target on our back, so we will do everything we can to prepare for the challenges coming our way. We have worked extremely hard to be one of the best programs in the state and we hope that in November we will validate the ranking and be the ones holding the state title.

Rosas: It feels good to be No. 1 in the state, but now other teams are gonna want to come for our position.

Navarro: It’s crazy how far we as a team have come. From losing more games than we were winning to being ranked No. 1 in the state.

Arredondo: To be honest, I hadn’t really processed the news until I was congratulated by my teachers and peers. Tennis doesn’t get as much recognition as the other sports, so having people all day congratulating you is awesome. All the hard work I and my team put in staying for practice and even after practice has finally paid off. It is quite fulfilling being able to put your school on the map.

 

Did any player stand out to you last season if so how?

Sinard: It’s hard to pick one player out of the team. They impress us in so many different ways all the time that it makes certain individuals stick out in different moments and situations. I’m so proud of them, I could talk about each one of them. We look forward to seeing them step up this season. 

Arredondo: Shoutout to Daniel Sandoval (’20). He was one of the very first upperclassmen that talked to me as a tiny freshman. He always motivated me to do my best whether for tennis or academics. And my doubles partner Jocelyn Rios (’22), she and I played together last year, and she always motivated me during our matches. It was never a bad day playing with her. 

Rosas: Dorian (Linebrink ’22) because he is one of the most hard-working players on the team and never gives up.

Navarro: Yes every player did, everyone was supportive, competitive, and loyal to the team through the whole season.

 

How do you think the competition is going to be in class 4 A this year?

Rosas: We will have some good teams here and there that are going to be good, but if we work as hard as we do, we can make it to where we were last year.

Navarro: The competition is not going to be as tough as 5A. We have an easier chance to get to the regional semi finals this year than any other year. The only reason I say that is because the tennis team pushed themselves to be on the 5A-6A level and we have improved tremendously because of it.

 

How do you feel about the upcoming season?

Sinard: Although it’s been a strange start, I like this group’s chances. They’re eager and ready to take on the challenge. They want to be the first tennis team in school history to make and win the team tennis regional title. Along with that, they’re hungry to be the first TM tennis team to make the state tournament and hopefully win it. No team in the Corpus Christi/Coastal Bend area history has ever won a state team tennis title at any level. They’re ready to make history. Why not us?

Rosas: We have a solid team all around and our team will just get better and better if we keep working as hard as we are.

Arredondo: I am very hopeful for the upcoming season. Although our current circumstances (COVID-19) aren’t the greatest, I am proud to say our team can overcome those obstacles and stay strong. We are working hard to make sure those goals we set are met.

 

What are your expectations?

Navarro: My expectations for this upcoming season are to go to state and hopefully win the whole thing. I expect us to be district champions and win the regional tournament. Our team has been putting in 100% top to bottom everyday to get ready for those tough upcoming matches.

 

Are you proud of yourself and your team?

Rosas: Yes, because we all have worked really hard to get where we are now.

Navarro: Yes, I’m very proud of  myself and my team. We have all come a long way to get here. We all put in the work every day to get to where we are now.

Arredondo: Always. I’ll always be proud of being a part of Tuloso-Midway tennis. It isn’t just a team, it is a family. I’ll forever cherish the memories I’ve made with them. 

 

Lastly, what advice do you have for your players this season?

Sinard: Control the things we can control and stay together. We can control things like our effort, focus, energy, body language, preparation, mentality, etc. Those things are all key, but even more so, they have to stick together and be there for another. If they do all these things, then that gives us our best shot at reaching our full potential.