The Centennial High School tennis team capped an incredible season with a runner-up finish Thursday at the UIL State Championships.
The Titans, the first Frisco ISD tennis team ever to qualify for the UIL state tournament, nearly won the state championship on the campus of Texas A&M. After defeating San Antonio Alamo Heights 11-3 in the Class 5A state semifinals on Wednesday,
Centennial came up just short against Amarillo in the 5A state final Thursday, losing 10-7.
The championship match was extremely competitive, with five of the 17 completed matches going to third-set super tiebreakers. Centennial became the first 5A team this year to win more than five lines -- score more than five points -- against a powerhouse
After the championship match, Centennial coach Douglas Fair told the Dallas Morning News he was proud of the way the Titans competed.
"I see a lot on Twitter and I see a lot on social media, 'Our team battled. Our team's tough. Our team fought.' I think it gets overused sometimes because coaches just want their kids to feel like that, but I really did see it," he said.
Centennial's state runner-up finish was part of a fantastic season for FISD tennis teams. Centennial was one of the whopping nine FISD teams that qualified for the playoffs. Centennial beat Wakeland in the 5A Region 2 final to advance to state, and the
other 5A qualifiers were Frisco, Independence, Heritage, Lebanon Trail, Lone Star and Reedy. Panther Creek qualified for the 4A playoffs in its first year of competition.
Playing in three districts in the new UIL athletics alignment, FISD tennis teams claimed every playoff opportunity available to them. Reedy was the District 9-5A champion and Centennial was the District 10-5A champion.