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October 26, 2023

Tennis avenges past loss against Highland Park in area playoffs

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Avani Munji
Coppell senior Juandiego Velazquez returns during his doubles match with junior Aneesh Thummala against McKinney Boyd on Tuesday at the Coppell Tennis Center. Coppell faces Flower Mound today in the Class 6A Region I quarterfinals at Flower Mound High School.

One year ago, the Coppell tennis team fell to Highland Park in the same round of playoffs. Coppell returned to the court this year with a shot at redemption and seized the victory. 

On Friday, the Coppell tennis team defeated Highland Park, 10-5, in the Class 6A Region I area playoffs at High Point Tennis Center in Plano. Coppell faces Flower Mound today at 12 p.m. in the Class 6A Region I quarterfinals at Flower Mound High School. 

“The energy was purely electric,” Coppell coach Alyssa Noonan said. “I have never seen any team come together the way that they did on Friday. Losing was not an option for the team. They wanted it so badly and as a coach, that’s all you can ever ask for—you just want them to want it as much as you do.”

Early on in the matches, Coppell boys doubles duo Arjun Nijasure and senior Sayon Nath defeated Highland Park’s Noah Perhirin and sophomore Pierce Collard, 6-1 and 6-0. According to Noonan, Nijasure and Nath fell to the Highland Park duo earlier in the season, so their unexpected victory provided the team an extra boost of momentum heading into the singles’ matches. 

“They won a match that they were not favored to win, the other players were rated above them,” Noonan said. “But they pulled out a win and that was a really crucial match for us on the boys side.”

On the girls  doubles side, Coppell sophomores Lexi Patton and Gabby Rice went into tiebreaker sets against Highland Park senior Ava Keating and junior Erica Zeitman, ultimately defeating the Scots, 7-6 (4). 

Heading into singles, Highland Park held a 4-3 lead. However, Coppell won seven out of the eight singles matches, propelling it ahead to the 10-5 victory. 

Now, with Highland Park in the rearview mirror, Coppell’s focus shifts to Flower Mound for the next round of playoffs.

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Ava Johnson
Ava Johnson, Sports Assignment Editor
Ava is a senior and the sports assignment editor for The Sidekick. If she’s not working on a piece, you can find her reading, spending time with loved ones, or listening to music. You can contact her at [email protected], or through Instagram at (@heylolitsava).
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Avani Munji is a senior and the executive design editor for The Sidekick. Munji joined the program unintentionally, but found that The Sidekick was the perfect place for her to grow as a designer. When she’s not creating a design or trying to learn everything there is to know about Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, you can find her playing various videogames on her Xbox and mourning the loss of her 2008 Wii. You can contact her on ‘X’ (@a_munjii).

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