Houston Memorial tennis has reached dynasty level.
The Mustangs battled through multiple weather delays and bitter cold weather on Friday to overcome a 4-3 deficit and defeat Seven Lakes 10-5 to clinch the Region III-6A Championship.
With the win, Memorial clinched its 11th-straight trip to the UIL Team Tennis State Tournament, which is set to begin on Wednesday in College Station.
"I think it is a dynasty," Memorial coach Budd Booth said. "I just think the kids have experience from the past and they are up for it. For these big matches they really play well. They pick up their game and they play well. They work hard all year and they prepare for this. I'm proud of them, the entire team."
By Buck Ringgold
With each season that he played tennis at Greenwood, Auston Shown made gradual improvement.
It was especially the case for his senior season with the Bulldogs.
"My senior year, I think what I improved the most on was my confidence and getting more consistent with getting my first serve in," Shown said.
"It (his tennis career at Greenwood) went a lot better than I thought it would. I definitely think I made improvements each year and had a lot of fun."
Now, Shown is determined to build on what he learned at Greenwood over to the next level as he will be heading to the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, where Shown has signed to play tennis.
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