Coppell tennis serves up confident win over Hebron


Olivia Cooper

Coppell junior Lakshana Parasuraman returns a ball in her singles match in Coppell’s match against Hebron at the Coppell Tennis Center on Tuesday. The Coppell tennis team defeated Hebron 16-3.

Sreehitha Moravaneni

On Tuesday, Coppell tennis defeated Hebron, 16-3. Coppell’s confidence in the tournament led its team to ultimately win the victory against long standing opponent, Hebron.

After a successful set of complete doubles matches, the CHS tennis team was able to feel reassured in its winning status.

“We ended up 6-1 after doubles. That’s always huge, going into 12 singles matches where you only need to win four of [the matches] to win,” CHS coach Rich Foster said. “That takes a lot of the pressure off of the other kids – knowing that we did very well in our doubles. It [puts us] in our comfort zone [for the following matches].”

Switching up doubles teams sparked minor uncertainty, but the teams pulled through and each won their matches, 6-2, 6-4.

“We have a player that’s injured right now, so we bumped our line three boys doubles, which [moved the current players] to line two,” Foster said. “I fully believed that they could win, but I wasn’t sure that they would win as soundly as they did.”

The team saw great improvement from its play at Marcus last week, which resulted in a doubles score of down 4-3 by focusing more on doubles. 

“I was hitting deep forehands and was finishing much faster [today] than previously. In the beginning, I was making a lot of unforced errors with my back hand, but in the end, I started watching the net and avoiding those mistakes,” CHS senior Maruthi Eranki said. “I want to be more aggressive in the next match [by] committing to the net and watching it more than I did last game.”

The tennis team’s No. 3 girl, junior Lakshana Parasuraman, was aware of her preparedness and mindset going into her singles match and swept in a clean win, resulting in a score of 6-0, 6-0.

“I definitely attacked a lot more [this game], rather than just waiting for a good ball. It really helped me win most of the points,” Parasuraman said. “I think the attitude I bring on at times on the court [keeps me up]. Whether I’m up or down, I like being super loud and just celebrating with any point I win. That energy also kind of brings the opponent down as well, so it definitely [plays as] a driving factor.”

Coppell plays Allen on Friday at the Coppell Tennis Center. 

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