PROSPER – Head tennis coach Mandy Bowling led the tennis program to victory on Tuesday, Sept. 5, when the Eagles defeated the Little Elm Lobos by a score of 16-3. The 4 p.m. home matchup was the first district match of the year for the Eagles, who opened up with a 1-0 record.
Bowling, who is currently in her first year as the head tennis coach at Prosper High, emphasized that the entire team performed extremely well in the win. Junior Phillip Johnson was very active on the court, as he was involved in two separate tie-breakers to help seal the victory. Johnson and his doubles partner Michael Mudd, who is also a junior, battled through a three-set tiebreaker to take an 11-9 win in their doubles match. Johnson went on to win his own singles match by another third-set tie-breaker. After falling 6-7 in the first set, he rallied back to win the second 6-1 and then 10-3 in the extended third and final set.
The Prosper tennis program was previously led by coach Jan Brown, who built a legacy of successful seasons over the last 30 years. Bowling is looking to continue that legacy, but adding her own personal touch to the program. Throughout the season, she has continually preached that hard work will be the key to their success this season, and with this victory against Little Elm, the team seemed to validate her theory.
“Everyone… and I mean everyone, gave it their all,” she said about the team’s performance on Tuesday. “I’m very proud of this team and the hard work they are putting in is really paying off.”
The team will be back on the court on Friday, Sept. 8 for their second district match of the year, where they will take on Carrollton Newman Smith at Newman Smith High School.