PHOTO / JEFF BERGER
Lindy Berger delivers a backhand in recent Hondo team tennis action. The Owls, runners-up in District 29-4A, earned a bidistrict forfeit win earlier this week over Kingsville, and will take the courts Thursday in Beeville to face La Feria in the area playoffs.
Hondo team tennis faces La Feria at area
Hondo team tennis won a bi-district championship on Monday without swinging a racket.
Head coach Chris Schulte was informed on Sunday night that Hondo’s scheduled bi-district opponent, Kingsville, was forced to forfeit the match because the Brahmas did not have enough players available.
That saved the Owls a long trip to Alice, which was scheduled to be Monday’s bi-district site.
The Owls, runners-up in District 29-4A, will now advance to face a familiar foe, La Feria, at a familiar site, Beeville, for the area tennis championships today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. Hondo and La Feria have met the last two seasons in playoff duals in Beeville. LF won in 2019, and the Owls won last year.
LF is the champ in 32-4A.
The winner of today’s dual will face either 31-4A champ Zapata or 29-4A third-place finisher Devine, sometime early next week.
Devine defeated Calallen at bi-district, 10-4, while 29-4A champion Uvalde blanked Alice, 10-0.
In a warmup dual played Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Hondo Tennis Center, Fredericksburg defeated the Owls, 10-2. Hondo’s wins both came on the boys’ side. The doubles team of Brad Bendele/Eli Heyen won their match, and then Bendele went on to win his singles match.