Some things never change.
Back in January, Lampasas traveled to Brownwood for its first match of the spring season, winning 11-8. Months later, thanks in part to a clutch performance from the Lady Badgers, the team replicated the feat, beating Brownwood 11-8 once again Saturday to take a huge step toward advancing to the postseason.
Coming off their lone loss of the season, the Lions and Lady Lions figured to be favorites in the District 8-3A encounter, but Lampasas entered the morning match mentally prepared for the challenge.
“When they heard Brownwood had only lost one match, they came in focused and ready,” Lampasas head coach Kenneth Peiser said. “Everyone played good and consistent today.”
The victory improves Lampasas’ overall record to 11-3 while also keeping its district record unblemished at 2-0 with two matches remaining. Only the top two teams from each district advance to the Region I-3A tournament.
Lampasas followed its typical protocol for the season by taking an early lead with some strong showings in doubles.
The Lady Badgers won all of their doubles matches and the boys tandem of Marcus Morua and Shrader Davis emerged victorious, while Leigh Adamski, who was filling in for Michaela Ellison, joined Brian Collier to win the mixed doubles match, giving Lampasas a 5-2 advantage.
Success followed the Lady Badgers into singles competition as they won five of six matches despite missing Ellison, who typically sits atop the team’s individual rankings and faces the opposition’s best player.
“All the girls stepped up today,” Peiser said. “Each of them had to move up one position and they each played great.”
Playing in the No. 4 spot, Morua won his singles match for the Badgers. As a team, Lampasas won three of six tiebreakers on the day against Brownwood (12-2, 2-1).
Lampasas returns to the court Tuesday at Llano for a match against Fredericksburg before traveling to Liberty Hill on Saturday for another critical district match. The Badgers and Lady Badgers conclude district play Oct. 18 at home against Gatesville, making up a match that was rained out earlier in the season.
Luckily, Lampasas was able to avoid a similar situation against Brownwood as a cold front swept through the area during play.
“The weather held off and started to get cold at the end,” Peiser said, “but at least we didn’t get any rain while playing.”
Contact Clay Whittington at firstname.lastname@example.org