The Granbury High School tennis squad opened the season on Thursday in Mansfield with a pair of wins, but the second one was a thriller.
First, the Pirates topped Mansfield Summitt, 10-7, in a morning matchup.
Then, facing a tougher Hereford squad in the afternoon, Granbury faced an 8-5 deficit before rallying for a victory.
It was the first outing for the Pirates under their new head coach Tyson Stewart.
“Starting off the year, as a coach you always hope for a positive first match or two,” Stewart said. “The Mansfield Summit match was a great beginning to the season.
“We came out strong and handled our business. The Hereford match was tougher, and being down 8-5 I wasn’t sure how we would respond that early in the season.
“Our team fought for every point, and we rallied together for the team win. The kids showed a lot of heart, and winning a match in that come-from-behind fashion will pay off in the future.
“We now know what it takes to pull out a big win. Coach (Denise) Scott and I couldn’t be happier for the team.”
Next, the 2-0 Pirate squad play Midlothian, Thursday on the road. Starting time is set for 9 a.m.
GHS 12, Summit 7
Jake Curran, def. Beau Pritchard, GHS, 7-6, 6-1; Sarthak Gupta, def. Nick Sandelin, GHS, 7-5, 5-7, 10-7; Junior Sanchez, def. Trace Chiappe, GHS, 6-0, 6-3; Brandon Le, def. Josh Smith, GHS, 6-2, 6-0; Jamie Burwell, GHS, def. Tommy Dao, 6-4, 5-7, 10-4; Bryten Otting, GHS, def. Jose Rios, 6-1, 6-2.
Curran-Sancez, def. Sandelin-Smith, GHS, 6-1, 6-0; Le-Gupta, def. Chiappe-Burwell, 2-6, 7-6, 10-3; Dao-Rios, def. Jonathan Sager-Otting, GHS, 6-4, 7-5.
Hannah Rey, GHS, def. Christine Nguyen 6-0, 6-0; Alex Jenny, GHS, def. Lauren Lester 6-0, 6-3; Paige Pritchard, GHS, def. Monet Makil 6-0, 6-0; Keelyn Taylor, GHS, def. Quynh Diah 6-0, 6-3; Deanna Rupp, GHS, def. Barbara Serna, by default; McKensie Rindel, GHS, def. Skylar Hargrave 6-0, 6-1.
Jenny-Taylor, GHS, def. Nguyen-Lester 6-1, 6-0; Pritchard-Rupp, GHS, def. Makil-Dinh 6-3, 6-1; Kindel-Johnson, GHS, def. Serna-Hargrave, by default.
Rey-Pritchard, GHS, def. Summit, by default; Barnett-Johnson, GHS, def. Hargrave-Alnesr 8-6.
GHS 10, Hereford 9
Pritchard, GHS, def. Joel Velasquez 6-4, 6-0; Will Schueler def. Nick Sandelin, GHS, 6-2, 6-0; Jayvin Patel def. Trace Chiappe, GHS, 2-6, 7-6, 10-7; Josh Smith, GHS, def. Zeke Guzman 6-3, 7-6; Bryten Otting, GHS, def. Tom Keeling 0-6, 7-6, 10-7; Jamie Burwell, GHS, def. Brandon Morales 6-1, 6-2.
Patel-Velasquez def. Chiappe-Smith, GHS, 6-4, 4-6, 10-5; Schneler-Guzman def. Sandelin-Otting, GHS, 6-2, 6-4; Burwell-Barnett, GHS, def. James-Keeling 6-4, 7-5.
Rey, GHS, def. Averye Ferris 6-0, 6-1; Jenny, GHS, def. Alina Villelovos 6-7, 7-5, 10-4; Tiffany Jesko def. Pritchard, GHS, 6-2, 6-3; Taylor def. Rebecca Beltran 6-2, 6-2; Kara Esquivel def. Rupp, GHS, 6-3, 6-1; Erin Jesko def. Kindel, GHS, 6-4, 6-0; Molly Garrison, GHS, def. Sarah Woodard 8-5.
Villalovos-Ferris def. Jenny-Taylor, GHS, 6-3, 6-1; T. Jesko-Beltran def. Rupp-Pritchard, GHS, 6-2, 6-2; Johnson-Kindel, GHS, def. E. Jesko-Esquivel 6-2, 6-2.
Rey-Pritchard, GHS, def. Morales-Castillo 6-0, 6-3; Garrison-Sager, GHS, def. Beltran-Beltran 8-5.