Tennis 2019-20

Welcome to Falcon Tennis for 2019-20!

Yes, the 18-19 Season is over.  I have coached at LFHS for 18 years, and we had several district champions, and many trips to the Regional Tournament with Team and Individual Players. Our roster is filled with experienced players, and a number of Sophomore players that will contribute to our success.  We are flying around the courts and smacking Tennis balls like Mighty Falcons should.  We will have a very competitive challenge tournament and matches to set the line-up for Team Tennis.  We have a great group of freshman Girls and Boys to begin the new Season.  Coach G. and I are looking forward to the Tournament Season to help these players gain experience to help our team in the future.

Although we lost 6 Senior Boys and 2 Senior Girls out of the Top 7 on each side, we will be good this year. 
We finished in 2nd place in 2018 District Team Tennis with a 4-1 record, 13-2 overall.  Milestones for this season were, that we defeated Hanna (14-5 (2nd year in row), and we defeated my almamater Harlingen High (13-2). We won the Bi-District round against  Edinburg High 19-0.           
Our Seniors carried us, and our Juniors and Sophomores won some big matches to help us qualify for the Playoffs.. 

Summer practices are planned, and we begin Team Tennis on July 22nd, with matches starting on the 31st of July. District Team Tennis will be played from September to October.
Individual tournament play will begin with Freshmen/JV tournaments in October, Varsity tournaments will begin in November, and District for all levels will be held March 31st and April 1st.

Each day in our tennis program, we are practicing to improve footwork, stroke production (ground stroke/volleys/overheads/serves), technique, proper grips, specialty shots, strength, power, singles and doubles strategies, and sportsmanship.  We strive to "Play tough, work hard, play fair, and have fun".  I hope that many of our players continue to play the sport at whatever level they achieve.

UPDATE:  In the 2018-19 Season We were very strong in all of the Tournaments. Our Players placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in more tournaments than any other Falcon Team (including 2017-19).  We won more Varsity Team trophies also.  2st in Brownsville Hanna, 1st in the McAllen Varsity, 1st at our Varsity tournament. We also had 1sts in JV and Freshmen in Harlingen.  
We had a 3rd place finish  and a 4th place Boys Singles(Dennis Vatchev and Chancellor Wyatt(Jr.)), and 4th place in Mixed Doubles(Daniela Mauriz(Sr.)/Robert Lopez(Sr.)), and 2nd place in Girls Singles(Kayla Ortiz(Sr.)), at the District tournament
. She was a Regional Qualifier for the first time in several years.
Go Falcons!

Head Coach: Bill Sandlin
Assistant Coach: Jesus Gutierrez
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