By Nick Talbot

Killeen Daily Herald

The first two times Copperas Cove and Harker Heights met on the tennis courts this season, it came down to the wire.

Cove won the first match, 10-9. The second match went to the Knights 10-9.

When it came down to district play, the story was no different.

Cove edged Harker Heights 10-9 and put itself in strong position to earn one of the two playoffs spots out of District 12-5A.

"If we win two out of the next three we are pretty much in," said Bulldawgs tennis coach Paul Talbett.

Cove (23-4, 3-0 in 12-5A) dominated the girls matches. The Dawgs' only loss was Maryam Kahn's 7-5, 6-4 defeat of Tiffany Luethner.

The Cove girls also won all three doubles matches. The wins in doubles had Cove ahead 5-2 going into singles play. That is where Heights (15-7, 2-1) evened things up, winning all six boys matches, including big wins from Alex Bland and Tyson Adams in the No. 1 and 2 spots.

"It kept going back and forth, we started out up 5-2, then it was 8-5, then 9-7, and then they tied it at 9," Talbett said.

Of course, just like every other time, it came down to the final match on the court – Michelle Esparza vs. Laura Ryan. Esparza won the match up between the No. 2 singles players, 6-3, 6-1.

"Everyone else was done so every one out there was hollering and cheering," Talbett said. "That is what team tennis is all about."

Copperas Cove 10, Harker Heights 9

Tuesday, at Copperas Cove

Boys doubles

Jordan Kingery/Tevin Ogo (CC) def. Alex Bland/ Max Easton 6-4, 6-1.

Eric Juarez/Tim Ortner (CC) def. Tyson Adams, Sammy Clark 7-6 (7-2), 6 -2.

Miguel Borrero/ Joseph Cerna (HH) def. D.J. Foskey/Sterling Wright 6-3, 6-3.

Girls doubles

Malika Bembridge/Michelle Esparza (CC) def. Aila Del Rosario/Christine Palmares.

Marissa Rinear/Sharon White (CC) def. Maryam Kahn/Mallory Stephens 6-4, 6-1.

Kiera Dieter/Autumn Heidt (CC) def. Samantha Ricciardi/Chevon Smith 6-1, 6-3.

Mixed doubles

Laura Ryan/Jerome Scott (HH) def. Ali Burks/Sebastian Baxter 6-7 (8), 6-1, 6-1.

Boys singles

Bland (HH) def. Ogo 6-4, 6-4.

Adams (HH) def. Ortner 6-4, 6-2.

Easton (HH) def. Juarez 6-4, 6-2.

Borrero (HH) def. Kingery 7-6 (2), 6-4.

Clark (HH) def.

Wasley Watts 6-2, 6-1.

Scott (HH) def. Foskey 6-1, 6-4.

Girls singles

Bembridge (CC) def. Palmares 6-1, 6-0.

Esparza (CC) def. Ryan 6-3, 6-1.

Heidt (CC) def. Stephens 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.

Kahn (HH) def. Tiffany Leuthner 7-5, 6-4.

Rinear (CC) def. Smith 6-3, 6-1.

Dieter (CC) def. Ricciardi 6-1, 6-0.

Records: Copperas Cove (23-4, 3-0 District 12-5A), Harker Heights 15-7, 2-1)

Next match: Copperas Cove at Bryan, Friday; Harker Heights at Temple, Tuesday.

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