The Kaufman teams have had a particularly strong season so far, and have continued to build off of their momentum built up in pre-district play.
On Tuesday, the team squared off against North Forney and won 16-3 overall. Then on Friday, the Lions played regional rival Red Oak where the team easily swept them away with an 18-1 victory. Michael Sij, Brandon Statum and Chloe DuBose had strong showings and contributed significantly to the Lions’ success.
Overall, the Lions are on a six-game winning streak, which Head Coach Michael Lott says they plan to continue going into the playoffs. The Lions are currently 3-0 in district and play Forney, who is also undefeated this week.
After a rocky start in their home opener against Rockwall-Heath, which the Lions lost by a single set 10-9, they kicked it up a notch against Corsicana with both teams dominating their opposition.
At the time, Coach Lott said, “This marks a highlight in the season. The team performed well across the board.” Days later, Chloe DuBose, Yadira Rodriquez, Emily Rodriguez and Michael Sij led the teams to a 12-7 victory over Whitehouse, before the teams opened district play against the Terrell Tigers the following week.
The Lions’ district season got off to a roaring against the Tigers as they swept the Terrell teams 19-0. However, their game against Midlothian Heritage was much closer. On a three-game winning streak heading into their match against Midlothian on Sept. 10, Lott said the Lions were anticipating a tougher game. Starting with doubles, the play was tight from top to bottom. IN the deciding doubles match, Emily Rodriguez and Yadira Rodriguez emerged victorious in a third set super tiebreaker, leading the way for the Lions to edge out the Jaguars 4-3 going into singles.
The high-tension competition continued in singles as the Kaufman boys provided the team with three wins from Michael Sij, Brandon Statum and Ruben Perez. On the girls’ front, Jackie Rodriguez and Emily James won their matches, as well. With the final match on the court, Emily Rodriguez defeated her opponent in another third set super tiebreaker after fighting four match points, giving the Lions a 10-9 and keeping their undefeated district record intact.