Palestine girls' tennis player Monique Ybarra

Monique Ybarra led the way for the Wildcats with a first-place finish in No. 1 girls' singles.

HALLSVILLE — The Palestine High School tennis team started the spring season Friday by winning a handful of medals at the Hallsville Tournament.

Monique Ybarra led the way for the Wildcats with a first-place finish in No. 1 girls' singles.

Alex Shiller and Camryn Lupo were third in the No. 1 mixed doubles bracket and Dominick Gonzalez and Morgan Lasiter placed third at No. 2 mixed.

"It was a great first tournament for us," Palestine head coach Scott Tyler said. "We had most of our players get wins, reach the semifinals and came home with some medals. Those are always are goal going into tournaments."

Ybarra, a returning state tournament participant, started the new season with a gold medal.

Ybarra defeated John Tyler's Mackenzie Wade 8-5 in the championship.

The match was tied at 5-all when Ybarra won the final three games to secure gold.

Ybarra reached the finals match dropping only one game in her first three matches.

After a first-round bye, Shiller and Lupo defeated White Oak 8-0.

In the semifinal match, Shiller and Lupo lost in a tiebreaker 8-6.

The pair responded in the third-place match with an 8-2 win over Henderson — a great start for last year's regional semifinalists.

"We saw a lot of positives from Alex and Camryn's play today," Tyler said.

In their first match together, Gonzalez and Lasiter took third place in the B division of mixed doubles.

The doubles team started the day with an 8-3 win over Atlanta and then defeated Greenville 8-5 to reach the semifinals.

Gonzalez and Lasiter lost to Henderson in a tiebreaker at 10-9 in the semifinals but rebounded with a 8-2 win over Sulphur Springs in the third-place match.

In addition to the medals won, Palestine had several fourth-place finishes.

The No. 1 boys' doubles team of Gage Concilio and Seth Sheeley took fourth. They defeated Greenville 8-3 in the first round and topped a talented Hallsville team 8-6 to reach the semifinals.

Lily Nolan took fourth place at No. 2 girls' singles with an 8-4 win in the opening round and an 8-1 win in the quarterfinals.

Salvador Castillo took fourth at No. 2 boys' singles. Castillo won both his first two matches 8-1 to reach the semifinals.

The Wildcats and LadyCats will be back in action at the Jacksonville Tournament on Friday.