Baskerville goes to Malibu

-          The Warrior Seniors (2017) are ready for Region and focused on State.

It’s been a busy two weeks for the Warrior Tennis Team.  Winning District for the 7th straight year and following it up with a dominating performance by winning Area for the second straight year.

& It’s been a very busy two weeks for Line #1 Senior – Alec Baskerville, who spent the weekend in between these two Team victories playing some of the top players in the country at the Oracle ITA Masters tournament in Malibu, California.  In addition to hanging out in Malibu, he was able to meet several college coaches & also former pros (Tracy Austin, Lindsey Davenport & Tommy Haas) all whom were there for this tournament.

The Oracle tournament featured the winners from 12 regional tournaments held throughout the country (& the top 4 wild cards, all from SoCal & FL) & all expenses were paid for by Oracle.  Alec earned his way by winning the Texas regional tournament a month ago.  In Malibu, he played 4 of the top 100 players in the country, earning one win (6-2,7-5) & losing to the #16, #34 & #47 players, but all were competitive matches (6-4,6-2; 6-4,6-3 & 6-3,6-3) & all of his opponents were from SoCal & FL.

“To play against some of the top players in the country, all who’ll be high level D1 college players was a real privilege ” said Alec.  “All of these guys are home schooled, 6 hours a day Academy players, & the fact that I was IN every match & IN every set tells me that I can hang with these guys & if playing well, I have a chance to beat them”.

Alec also mentioned that playing HS tennis helped him in this tournament.  “We played no-ad scoring, just like in HS, so there were 6 or 7 sudden death points per set instead of just one.  My experience of playing pressure packed HS matches against Lake Travis, Westlake & Highland Park in a No-Ad format helped me against these higher level opponents…it’s not always the guy with the best strokes who wins those big points, it’s the guy who’s mentally toughest.”

Alec will take this confidence and this attitude to Region, where they will likely meet the #1 High School Team in the State (Memorial HS from Houston) in the Regional Final (winner goes to State).  Alec and his Warrior teammates look forward to the challenge.  Go WOOD !