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Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

Advancing inwards on the ball, Jessica Lu 21 maneuvers her racket face in preparation to hit a short trajectory backhand slice shot. Lu is one of six tennis players to advance to the State tournament later this month.

With Six Athletes Statebound, Varsity Tennis Remains On Top at Regional Tournament

By Catharine Li, Arts & Entertainment Editor May 7, 2021

Unrelenting in a continuing takedown of area powerhouse programs, the varsity tennis team, bolstered by the triumphs of a headline fall season, swept Region IV in the UIL 6A regional tournament on Thursday,...

Tennis head coach Travis Dalrymple was awarded the honor of National High School Boys Coach of the Year by the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR). Coach Dalrymple received the award after he led the varsity tennis team to their second state title in three years. Photo courtesy of Universal Tennis Rating.

Head Tennis Coach Travis Dalrymple Awarded National High School Boys Coach of the Year

By Catharine Li, Arts & Entertainment Editor January 19, 2021

In an exhilarating fall season for the varsity tennis team, competition still took place over the backdrop of a global pandemic. The subsequent shutdowns that left the world of sports dormant made it certain...

Hoisting the newest championship trophy addition upwards, head coach Travis Dalrymple and the varsity team look upwards, celebrating their second state title win. Taking on Plano West High School, the Warriors would surge through the morning in a thrilling matchup, clinching a 10-3 victory. Watching the joy on the kids faces [when] they worked their tails off and to watch it all come together was amazing. I love this school and this program and I want the same for my players and students, Coach Dalrymple said. Photo courtesy of Antonia Antov.

Varsity Tennis Reclaims State Title 10-3 over Plano West to Conclude Momentous Fall Season

By Catharine Li and Amoli Agarwal November 19, 2020

As Nic Pesoli ‘21 stepped up to the ball sailing towards him with cool determination, the varsity tennis team nervously watched in anticipation. Holding their breaths as Pesoli absorbed the pace...

Erupting in celebration after an aggressive volley shot, Aashish Dhanani 22 wins the point with partner Jessica Lu 21 in mixed doubles. Theyd go on to secure a commanding victory of 6-1, 6-3.

Varsity Tennis Delivers Again in 10-3 Victory Against Houston Memorial, Vaulting to State Finals

By Catharine Li, Arts & Entertainment Editor November 17, 2020

Under the fleeting clouds and blue skies of Texas A&M University, a final leaping stride across maroon tinted courts sent the varsity tennis team into a frenzy of celebration as they battled past...

Following through on a serve to his opponents, Daniel Antov 21 and his partner Nic Pesoli 21 look onwards, anticipating the balls trajectory. Antov and Pesoli prevailed with a 6-3, 6-0 win.

Varsity Tennis Topples Lake Travis 10-1 to Advance in State Playoff Run

By Catharine Li and Amoli Agarwal November 9, 2020

The energy was infectious and permeated the air as the varsity tennis team took on the Lake Travis Cavaliers to win their regional quarterfinals match 10-1 on Tuesday, Nov. 3.  The Warriors blazed...

Varsity poses with their medals six-feet apart and wearing masks, holding the number one in the air. This is the team’s 11th district title in a row, and it’s their first step towards the goal of winning the state championship.  “I was happy with our performance today. We had a few hiccups here and there, but we definitely set the tone for the match. We just have to keep capitalizing on the net and making the most of our chances,” Coach Travis Dalrymple said.

Varsity Tennis Secures 11th District Title in a Row with 11-1 Victory over Vandegrift

By Amoli Agarwal, Campus News Editor October 26, 2020

Loud roars of “Sko Wood” and electrifying cheers signaled the 11-1 defeat of the Vandegrift Vipers on Tuesday, Oct. 20, securing the varsity tennis team’s 11th consecutive district title. As...

Leaping to poach the ball at the net, Nicolas Pesoli 21 extends with a backhand volley to put away the ball. This season marks the first year that Pesoli has played for a high school tennis program.

Varsity Tennis Stomps McNeil 10-0 in District Semi-Final

By Catharine Li, Arts & Entertainment Editor October 22, 2020

Hands clasped tight through fence holes, cheers erupted as the varsity tennis team watched as the final matches sealed a 10-0 overall victory over the McNeil Mavericks in the district semi-final on...

Eyeing the ball, Alek Mesarovic 24 split steps in preparation to frame a forehand volley return to his opponent. Playing singles in his first ever varsity match, Mesarovic battled his nerves to emerge triumphant with a score of 8-4. I wasnt playing [in] my usual style because I was so tense, Mesarovic said. My legs and arms were practically shaking. Once I got over my nervousness, I began to gradually play better and better further into the match.

Varsity Tennis Lands Commanding 11-2 Victory Over Round Rock in Fall Season Opener

By Catharine Li, Arts & Entertainment Editor September 17, 2020

Spirited racket clanks and face-masked smiles marked a momentous 11-2 win by the varsity tennis team over the Round Rock Dragons on Friday, Sept. 11. As athletics programs across the country reckon...

In his stance, center Eric Taylor 21 waits to snap the ball. Players will have to wear masks under helmets during play. Photo courtesy of Ben Ramsey 22.

Fall Sports Start Practice as Seasons Approach

By Amoli Agarwal, Campus News Editor September 12, 2020

While the kinks of online learning are being ironed out, the obstacles of kickstarting athletics and team sports safely are being evaluated as Thursday, Sept. 10th approaches. Many teams have already...

FINALS

Kiana Graham ‘20 Named Girls Tennis Athlete of the Decade by the Austin American-Statesman

By Catharine Li, Arts & Entertainment Editor January 2, 2020

As the year came to a close, the Austin American-Statesman recognized the top high school athletes in Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL) sports, celebrating their efforts and achievements in...

The varsity squad takes to the sidelines to cheer on their fellow teammates Varun Somarouthu 20 and Ani Margam 20. whod go on to win their match. Photo courtesy of Ms. Ruma Nagar Singh.

Varsity Tennis Falls to Plano West 10-9 and Concludes Fall Season as Regional Semi-Finalists

By Catharine Li, Arts & Entertainment Editor October 29, 2019

Piercing the early morning chill, hopeful ‘Go Wood’ chants launched the varsity tennis squad into the toughest and most pivotal match of their fall season: the Regional Semi-Final against Plano West...

Varsity tennis poses for a group photo following a staggering overall victory of 12-0 against Houstons Tomball Memorial Wildcats. This victory secures the teams advancement into the UIL team tennis playoffs. 
Photo courtesy of Ms. Ruma Nagar Singh.

Varsity Tennis Tops Tomball Memorial 12-0 to Advance in Team Tennis Playoffs

By Catharine Li, Arts & Entertainment Editor October 19, 2019

Securing a staggering 12-0 overall win against Houston’s Tomball Memorial Wildcats, the varsity tennis team added yet another victory to advance in the UIL Conference 6A Team Tennis playoffs on Monday,...

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