Coaches who preach the importance of winning every game possible should get a great teaching tool today and Saturday during the Permian Invitational tennis tournament.
With 10 teams entered, a traditional draw wasn’t really an option. So the event instead will use four pools of five entries each in all five divisions — girls singles, boys singles, girls doubles, boys doubles, mixed doubles — for today’s play, with the winners of each pool qualifying to play in the semifinals Saturday.
“We wanted to get as many matches for them as they could,” Permian head coach Mary Kay Sudbury said. “The winner could possibly play six matches.”
The format is different from what has been used for most years of the annual tournament, which will be played at Odessa High, Permian, Odessa Country Club and the Ratliff Tennis Complex.
One year the tournament was flighted, but in this year’s tournament the Nos. 1 and 2 entries from each school could face off in Saturday’s matches that will decide championships.
Any entry that wins a pool will advance to Saturday. But if there are any ties, the winner will be decided through tiebreakers.
“We’re trying to make it tough,” Sudbury said. “Every game, every set, ever match counts.”
This is the first event of the season for Permian, though Odessa High started the season last week at the Hub City Classic in Lubbock. Head coach Wes Kidd’s team finished third in the team standings, led by a title from the mixed doubles team of Ryan Morton and Kaleigh Smith.
Lubbock Monterey, which won the Hub City title, is in this week’s field, as is District 2-5A’s Midland Lee.
>> PERMIAN LINEUP
Boys singles: 1. Kennan Nash; 2. Tate Beakley.
Girls singles: 1. Megan Carlson; 2. Milann Bryant.
Boys doubles: 1. Devin Smelser-Preston Ortega; 2. Nathan Shelton-Justin Ko.
Girls doubles: 1. Marianne Brokaw-Brooke Haynes; 2. Autumn Roberts-Yvette Lopez.
Mixed doubles: 1. Jake Sellers-Jerrika Midkiff; 2. Victor Lujan-Avery Steen.
>> ODESSA HIGH LINEUP
Boys singles: 1. Tatum Rhyne; 2. Jose Martinez.
Girls singles: 1. Victoria Inman; 2. Emily Orras.
Boys doubles: 1. Ray Hernandez-Marco Ayala; 2. Daniel Durfee-Devon Roig.
Girls doubles: 1. Kathy Alvarado-Tatiana Salazar; 2. Ayva Cirilo-Alyssa Luna.
Mixed doubles: 1. Ryan Morton-Kaleigh Smith; 2. Kyle Foshee-Katie Watts.