Highland Park suffered its first loss at the UIL state tennis tournament in eight years on Wednesday at the hands of a familiar foe.
New Braunfels stunned the previously unbeaten Scots 10-7 in the Class 6A semifinals in College Station to end HP’s run of seven consecutive state titles.
The Unicorns are the same team that toppled the Scots in 2007 in the 4A state title match. And HP turned the tables last year by defeating New Braunfels in the 6A championship match.
It’s the first time since 1996 that the Scots won’t be playing in a state title match in the fall season.
The Scots (23-1) scored all of their points in the girls matches, winning four out of five singles matches (Madison Tedford, Elizabeth Tedford, Jennifer Mee, and Brittany Newton), and two of three in doubles (Mee and Madison Tedford, and Newton and Logan Lett), in addition to a mixed-doubles win for Elizabeth Tedford and Philip Quinn.
However, the Unicorns (22-2) dominated on the boys side by sweeping all of the singles and doubles action.
New Braunfels advances to meet Plano West in the title match today.