The Melissa High School tennis team is headed to the regional quarterfinals on Monday. The Cardinals defeated North Dallas in the bi-district championship on Wednesday at 18-1, and on Thursday, won the area championship over Lake Worth at 17-2.
Brad Crawford, tennis coach at Melissa High School, spoke about the team’s performance and overcoming challenges due to inclement weather.
“I was just so proud of our kids. We have not had a lot of practice time due to the weather, and even had to get a one-day extension on our bi-district certification from the UIL due to the weather,” Crawford said. “The fact that our kids didn’t let the weather throw them off their game was a testimony to [them] being mentally tough, as well as physically prepared.”
Crawford gave props to assistant coach Manuel Avila, saying he is “the best assistant coach in the world”.
“[We] started working with the team in August toward winning a state championship, and now, we are playing in the regional quarterfinals. Their hard work is paying off, for sure.”
The team advances to the regional quarterfinals on Monday at 8:00 a.m. where they face Argyle.
“Argyle is a tough team, but we’re going to play our best tennis on Monday,” Crawford added. “I’m proud of this team, win or lose. I feel so blessed to be their coach.”
Maddie Coe, Community Relations