On April 20-21, Michelle Torres finished second at the UIL Regional Tennis Tournament, and qualified for the State Tournament in College Station on May 12-13. In another of her long list of accomplishments over the past four years at Lamar, she is the first tennis player in school history to advance to the State Tournament.
This one of those great metaphors that coaches use to teach about life. As a freshman, Michelle won one match at Regionals. Her sophomore year, Michelle and Matt Coopman finished fourth in Mixed Doubles. Last year she placed third in singles, and now as a senior is headed to State (improving her results every year and continuing to work hard toward her ultimate goal). Two weeks before she was beaten really bad in the finals of our District Tournament by her rival from Paschal. But when it came for seeding at the Regional Tournament last Sunday, I was able to convince the other coaches in the room that she deserved the 4th seed, based on her whole body of work, not just the results from one day (the Paschal girl was not seeded and through the bad luck of the draw, lost in the first round). On Regional Day 1, Michelle easily won her first two matches, and then faced the #1 seed in the semifinals. This opponent was the state runner up last year, and someone that Michelle had not beaten. Playing brilliantly, Michelle battled and won the semifinal match 6-4, 6-2. In the finals, the girl from El Paso Coronado was too much to overcome, but Michelle still earned a trip to State. What a great lesson to face such a difficult defeat and then rebound a short time later to achieve your ultimate goal. We can also learn to not let the results of one day define who we are, but to be well rounded and have a complete resume that we can rely on when we need it most.
Submitted by: Coach Courtney Monroe, Lamar High School