Chris Moralez went through a cavalcade of emotions on Friday. The Ingram tennis coach was exhausted after spending three days at the tennis state tournament in college station. He was elated that five of his players medaled, and he was a little sad that he watched his seniors play their final career match on Friday.
Moralez has built one of the strongest tennis programs in the state during his 13 years at Ingram. His senior class helped sustain that tradition this season. Seniors Carlye Pfiester and Austin Fairchild earned a silver medal in mixed doubles at the state tournament; seniors Jayden Hughes and Alex Soto captured bronze in boys doubles and sophomore Lawsin Wilt also received a bronze medal in boys singles.
“This is probably one of the biggest core groups that I’ve ever had,” Moralez said. “This group of kids have been together for four years. I think the biggest thing is what they mean to each other as a team. … This group of kids is amazing. They love each other and support each other. That’s why they are so successful because they help each other. They want to make sure that if they aren’t advancing, they are trying to do what they can do to help their teammates advance.”
Moralez credits the family atmosphere at Ingram as a big reason for his program’s success. He’s hoping that sense of camaraderie continues in the future.
“It’s been a great three days of tennis. A lot of good stuff,” Moralez said. “You are going to lose the seniors, but you are looking forward to the wave of kids who are going to step up.”