Woodrow Wilson is playing team tennis this fall, and coach Gala Collinsworth hopes it pays off in the spring. White and Hillcrest are the only other teams in the Wildcats’ district playing this fall.
“It gives us a look at what those two teams will have to help us for the spring,” Collinsworth says. “We’ve always worked out in the fall; now we just have an idea of what we will have to do in the spring.”
Because not many teams are playing team tennis, the season shouldn’t last more than a month, even including the playoffs.
“We have a lot of quality players so we should be in good shape,” Collinsworth says. “The girls are not as deep as guys, but several girls are playing volleyball now and should be with us in the spring.”
The girls are led by Beth Knox, who won the district singles title last year as a sophomore. “She just keeps getting better,” Collinsworth says.
The boys led by Andrew George and Travis Ewert, who both played a heavy schedule of United States Tennis Association tournaments this summer. Collinsworth is having an unusual and busy fall. Not only is she coaching tennis, but she is also serving as an assistant football coach for the first time.
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BUILDING THE PROGRAM: When Sally Moore took over as cross country coach at Woodrow Wilson eight years ago, she had one runner on the boys team. This season Moore, has 30 boys on her squad and the varsity team consistently finishes in the top three in invitational meets. She says Tony Mayes, Clay Gastard and Mario Campos are her top three runners. The girls are led by Erin Murray, a junior whose best time in the two miles is 13 minutes and 23 seconds.
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