A new season is in sight for the Taylor High School tennis program. The team began practice Monday, Aug 3, and while second year head coach Lisa Little is returning for another season, the setting has changed noticeably since last year.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected how schools are dealing with public health concerns in close quarters situations.

“The biggest difference is that we can’t have the big water coolers out there for the kids to access extra water,” Little said. “We are also prescreening everyone’s temperature.”

Many high schools have also seen their schedules modified regularly as the year progresses. “Our first meet, they backed that up,” Little said, speaking about the University Interscholastic League (UIL) COVID-19 mitigation guidelines affecting Texas high school sports this year.

“We did have to cancel a meet with Robinson,” Little said. “We also had to cancel our match with Academy, but we were able to reschedule that one.”

Taylor’s first match is away from home against Gatesville Aug. 21 at 4 p.m.

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