North Dallas alum Ernest Cerda works with the returning players, including Karina Meza, Yazzie Rojas, Judith Juan, Jennifer Lainez, and Sky Ramirez.
North Dallas takes a 1-0 record into Wednesday’s match against Carter High School at 5 p.m. at Kiest Tennis Center in Oak Cliff.
The Bulldogs, who won the team tennis district title last year, defeated Wilmer-Hutchins, 2-1, on Aug. 28 in their first match with new coach Eleanor Bowers.
“So far so good. We won our first district match two weeks ago against Wilmer-Hutchins,” Bowers said Monday at Cole Park. “We continue to put in work every day. Thankfully, with the help of Coach [Ernest] Cerda, who is a North Dallas alumni who is coming to help us out, our kids are putting in the work despite the heat, and I’m really proud of where our program is right now.”
The returning players include Sky Ramirez, Lizandro Quiroz, Daniel Garrido-Lopez, Jennifer Lainez, Karina Meza, Judith Juan, Cristina Dominguez, and Yazzie Rojas.
“We’re looking forward to continuing to get some experience, playing matches,” Bowers said about Wednesday’s match. “And we’ll hopefully continue to improve as a team both in our work ethics and also in our play as we go against people we haven’t played before.”
The Bulldogs will also be trying to repeat their team tennis title.
“We use that as some motivation. It definitely motivates the kids to come out here every day,” Bowers said. “But I’m really big about the process and not the outcome. So I want them to focus on coming, doing their job every day and putting in work every day and inevitably we’ll hopefully see victory come out of that.”
North Dallas tennis Coach Eleanor Bowers talks to some of the new players on the team.
Ernest Cerda works with Yazzie Rojas on her serve. At right is Gerardo Chaparro.
Sky Ramirez, Jennifer Lainez, Judith Juan and Karina Meza wait for their turn to serve.
Gerardo Chaparro attempts to serve as Ernest Cerda watches.
Karina Meza works on her serve.