Written by Sean Lester
State tennis 3A: Frisco Lone Star's journey to state ends in doubles defeat by Abilene Wylie
COLLEGE STATION — The Frisco Lone Star mixed doubles pair of Abhishek Dayal and Cheryl Wright ran into a buzz saw from Abilene Wylie in Tuesday’s Class 3A mixed doubles state championship match at Texas A&M’s George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
Abilene Wylie has been home to three state champion mixed teams in the last four years and added to that total when Brittany Smyser and Max Tadvick defeated Dayal and Wright, 6-3, 6-4.
“It’s a tough loss,” Lone Star coach Rachelle Mulanax said. “There’s always a few things you think you could do better, but I knew Wylie would be tough. We missed some opportunities there, and you can’t miss opportunities against Abilene Wylie.”
After losing the first set, the Lone Star duo gained an early 2-1 lead in the second set but were unable to maintain it as Smyser and Tadvick stormed back for a 6-4 win to clinch the state title.
Mulanax said the experience for Dayal and Wright is encouraging as the school moves up to the new Class 5A in the UIL realignment next school year.
“Unfortunately we’ll be 5A, so the competition level jumps up a couple of folds,” Mulanax said. “But they can compete at that level as well. Next year is looking good for them, and I’m excited as well.”