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Highland Park claims sixth straight state team tennis title with 11-1 win over Montgomery
WACO — It took an extra day and a couple of unscheduled stops, but the end result is a familiar one for Highland Park — another Class 4A team tennis state championship.
Clad in gold t-shirts they reserve for state title matches, the Scots (22-0) defeated Montgomery, 11-1, for their sixth consecutive crown Wednesday afternoon at Baylor’s Hurd Tennis Center.
That’s 10 state titles in 11 seasons for Highland Park, which lengthened its six-year streak of consecutive dual match victories to 129.
Delayed for a day by rain, Highland Park and Montgomery (24-3) eventually wound up in Waco, but not before logging travel time from College Station to Montgomery in a search of dry courts.
“We were road warriors,” Highland Park coach Dan Holden said. “In 14 years of doing this, I can’t remember going to so many places to get to a final. But it was well worth it.”
Tristan Stitt, an earlier winner in doubles, secured the title-clinching 6-3, 6-0 victory.
“Everybody wants to be the one to get the win that puts us over the top,” Holden said.
An instant after Stitt‘s victory, teammate Hunter Holman won his match in No. 1 singles.
“It is an amazing feeling,” Stitt said. “My teammates didn’t rush the court at first and I thought I miscounted our wins on the scoreboard, but they were just waiting for me to shake hands.”
Fellow junior Margo Taylor joined Stitt as a double winner Wednesday.
“It gets more fun every year,” Taylor said. “The travel was no big deal. Everyone was ready to play. And once we started, there was no way we weren’t going to win it.”
Highland Park removed doubt early by winning six of seven doubles matches.
Taylor and Jennifer Mee reeled off quick singles victories, then Mac McCullough with a straight-set singles triumph set the table for Stitt.
“I’m so proud of these kids,” Holden said. “We graduated a lot of boys from last year, and supposedly this year’s boys were going to be down. But they weren’t down. Our veterans came back, and the young ones fell right in line.
“Top to bottom, I think this is our best group of girls. I mean it as no disrespect to other teams because we’ve had some phenomenal girls. This group was deeper.”
Taylor sees no reason Highland Park will not be celebrating No. 7 in a row next year.
“I think we’ll be winning for years to come,” he said.