UHS tennis team seeks continued success

Kathy Phillips
Members of the Uvalde High School tennis team pose for a group photograph after securing District 30-4A tennis honors. The team includes (front row, left to right) Reagan Dodson, Hope Dube, Elizabeth Phillips, Zoe Faust, Allison Goggans, Elizabeth Amaya, (second row) Coach Eric Mahler, Joana Reyes, Victoria Reyes, Marquez Lopez, Ty Gonzalez, Hector Lopez, Armando Garcia, Coach Terri Rambie, (back row) Reilly Mize, Coton Gaston, Jack Brock, and Jonathon Garcia.

Uvalde High School had another successful tennis season in 2021-22.

The Uvaldeans were dominant in district play and fared well in post-season competition.

With most of the players returning from this past season, Coach Terri Rambie expects another terrific school year for team tennis in 2022-23.

“This season, we made strides to improve from the year before and we hope to do the same next season,” said Rambie.

One area of ​​focus for UHS tennis players going into the new season will be improved mental play.

“Our players need to focus on their mental toughness as much as possible,” said Rambie.

“They need to sign up for camps and to play in USTA tennis tournaments this summer.

“As a team, we continue to work on teamwork and camaraderie. We need to be a tight knit group on and off the court, ”said Coach Rambie.

“If we do this, we can close the gap between us and the other top programs in our region.”

Six 2022 Uvalde High School seniors will not return for UHS tennis next school year.

They include Colton Gaston, Joana Reyes, Michelle Miller, Alice Chum, Kaitlyn Alejandro, and Elisa Lara.

“These seniors showed leadership and commitment to the program. They will be missed next school year, ”said Rambie.

Besides losing six seniors, UHS will be losing long-time assistant coach Eric Mahler, who will be the new head tennis coach at San Antonio Wagner.

“Coach Mahler has helped each and every player in our program. His knowledge of tennis and his commitment to helping our athletes to compete at a high level have been essential to the success of our program, ”said Coach Rambie. “He is loved and respected by our kids. His shoes will be tough to fill. “

A large group of athletes from the 2021-22 season will return, including Ty Gonzalez, Jack Brock, Jacob Flores, Reilly Mize, Jonathon Garcia, Hector Lopez, Armando Garcia, Enrique Ramirez, Gilbert Garza, Ben Morales, Damian Weigand, Elizabeth Phillips. , Allison Goggans, Hope Dube, Reagan Dodson, Elizabeth Amaya, Zoe Faust, and Victoria Reyes.

Players from the Uvalde Classical Academy and some younger UHS players could also impact the tennis team next year.

UHS will live in a new tennis district.

Joining UHS in new District 29-4A next season will be Crystal City, Devine, Hondo, Pearsall, and San Antonio Kennedy and Memorial. “We play who we are put up against and make the most of it,” said Rambie.

In an effort to prepare the Uvaldeans for the post-season, Rambie has put together a tough list of non-district opponents.

“We schedule tough non-district opponents to prepare us for teams like Wimberley, Tuloso-Midway, Boerne, Frederickburg and others we might see past districts,” said Rambie.

“The future looks bright for our program because we have a lot of returning players,” said Rambie.

“But we have to continue to improve in our play and we are committed to that improvement.

“We have some great parents,” said Rambie. “They are a big part of our success and understand our vision for the future. We all look forward to next season. ”

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