Kenneth Peiser knew Ellison would test his team on the court, but his players received a cerebral challenge as well.
Lampasas’ tennis team hosted Ellison on Saturday, and despite being the underdog against a much larger Class 5A program, the Badgers emerged victorious, producing a 12-7 win.
While pleased with the outcome, after the match, Lampasas’ head coach admitted Ellison pushed his team to its limit both physically and psychologically.
“The kids were mentally challenged today,” Peiser said. “They will have to figure out how to maintain concentration and not get frustrated when down or losing a couple of points. They always come from behind and get close or jump ahead and then let them come back, but cannot finish.”
Despite his frustrations, Peiser’s players capitalized on a strong showing in doubles to propel them to a win.
Lampasas claimed five of seven doubles matches, which was a point of emphasis entering the day.
“I knew Ellison had gotten better,” Peiser said. “We were going to have to get some quick wins in doubles, and we did.”
Needing just five victories in singles to clinch a team win, Lady Badgers Leigh Adamski and Rhiannon Wright increased Lampasas’ advantage to 7-2 before Ellison trimmed the deficit to 7-5.
A trio of wins from Shrader Davis, Laura Bynum and Carolyn Laborde secured the match for Lampasas before J.D. Bynum and Michaela Ellison also collected individual victories.
Lampasas’ win comes on the heels of a 14-5 road victory against Georgetown on Thursday.
Like they did against Ellison, the Badgers and Lady Badgers claimed an early lead thanks to their doubles play before cruising to eight singles wins.
“Most teams focus on singles, but we do a lot doubles drills and then play challenge matches for the singles play,” Peiser said.
Lampasas travels to Belton to face Groesbeck at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor campus courts Tuesday before hosting District 8-3A rival Brownwood on Saturday.
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