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October 26, 2023

Coppell serves defeat to Ursuline, Jesuit in final home match of regular season

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Coppell junior Shay Patel serves during afternoon tennis practice on Sep. 22. The Coppell tennis team defeated Dallas Ursuline and Jesuit, 22-5, on Sep. 29 at Coppell Tennis Center.

The Coppell tennis team (8-11) secured another victory, defeating Dallas Jesuit and Ursuline, 22-5, on Sep. 29 at Coppell Tennis Center. 

Coppell girls won four out of five matches in doubles and seven out of nine matches in singles. Boys won three out of four matches in doubles and eight out of nine in singles. 

“The overall score doesn’t reflect how competitive the matches were,” Coppell coach Alyssa Noonan said. “Ursuline and Dallas Jesuit have great players, but so do we.”

According to Noonan, one of Coppell’s biggest victories of the night was on the boys singles side, with Coppell senior tennis player Riki Koshimizu defeating Mathias Valenta, one of Jesuit’s top players. 

“It was a match that Riki has not historically won, so that was a big thing for us to celebrate,” Noonan said. 

One of  the team’s weakest areas heading into the beginning of the season was doubles, but now Noonan considers this one of their strengths. The team worked on doubles techniques and strategies to better their performance and create on court chemistry. 

“All the pieces are falling in place,” Noonan said, “The team is working together seamlessly at this point in the season.”

The match concluded with a ceremony honoring the 20 senior players on the team. Each was given posters signed by their teammates and swag bags provided by the CHS Tennis Booster Club. 

The Coppell tennis team hosts Class 6A Region I bi-district playoffs at Coppell Tennis Center on Tuesday at 3:45 p.m.

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Sameeha Syed
Sameeha Syed, Social Media Manager
Sameeha Syed is a senior and the Social Media Manager for The Sidekick. Syed joined The Sidekick thinking she was going to write, but realized she enjoyed taking photos and videos more. On rainy days, you can find her listening to her favorite artist, Steve Lacey, or watching her favorite movie, Little Women (2019). Syed loves spicy, flavorful food and her drink of choice is hot chai. Syed dislikes sweets; in fact, she would take savory food over dessert any day. Syed has a super cool fashion style, and if you look at her hands, 9 times out of 10, she has on her fun accessories: her rings and her favorite watch. Syed has a list of odd things she really likes, and on that list is her emotional support water bottle and warm socks. Syed also is very much a night owl, preferring to stay awake later rather than wake up earlier. Her favorite subjects in school are history and literature courses. You can contact her on Instagram (@ssameeha) or through email ([email protected]). 
Rhea Choudhary
Rhea Choudhary, Staff Writer
Rhea Choudhary is a junior at Coppell High School; she first took a step in D115 in order to pursue photography for The Sidekick. Despite her initial intentions, she is now a second year member, returning as a staff writer. At first, thought she wasn't the best fit for writing, but after deciding to give it a shot, she soon realized that she let her fear keep her from finding what she truly enjoys doing!  As an avid show binger, Rhea’s top three shows include Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill, as she can go on for hours talking about any of them. She also loves watching classic Hindi movies (with lots of iconic songs and actors in them), along with consistently enjoying listening to her 24-hour Bollywood music playlist, on a loop. Her favorite food is drunken noodles and sushi, along with loving any sweets that contain milk chocolate or caramel. As a member of HOSA, Rhea hopes to pursue a future career in medicine, specifically to become an oncologist. Rhea has completed her Bharatanatyam arangetram, a solo debut/graduation, and is still a dedicated dancer. As an only child that keeps the volume in her house very high at all times, Rhea’s number one friend is Teddy Graham, her mini goldendoodle. Feel free to reach Rhea at [email protected] or follow her on X @rhea_choud.

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