League City’s Katiana Gonzalez placed second in the girls 10-and-under singles orange-ball division at the Corpus Christi Fall Challenger 1-Day tennis tournament.
Gonzalez was 3-1 in round-robin play, winning her decisive third match in round five by defeating Laredo’s Andria Alston 4-1, 4-0.
Gonzalez squared off with the eventual winner, Corpus Christi’s Reyna Xiao, in round one, dropping a 4-1, 4-1 decision.
But in rounds three and four, Gonzalez collected in order straight-set wins over Spring’s Emma Angelkov (4-0, 4-3) and Corpus Christi’s Audrey Arango (4-0, 4-0).
MOVING ON UP
Friendswood continued its winning ways in District 24-6A with a 19-0 shutout of Alvin on Wednesday.
The Mustangs, now 2-0 in district, swept the seven doubles matches, then head coach David Cook turned to a makeshift lineup in singles to claim the remaining 12 matchups.
“We moved the top players out of the singles to get others some playing time,” Cook said.
Giving Friendswood its early lead were the boys doubles teams of No. 1 Ethan Bui/Race Haas, No. 2 Natan Bondin/Alex Wachowicz and No. 3 Andrew Litzinger/Noah Smistad, and the girls’ No. 1 Maura Mitchell/Quinn Radtke, No. 2 Nina Gonzalez/Emily King and No. 3 Nicole Mbibi/Alex Reyes.
Adding to the doubles win total was the mixed tandem of Mia Gonzalez and Kiertan Patel, which defeated Danielle Hooks and Ben Radigan 6-3, 6-1.
Then, in singles, the winners list included the boys’ Haas, Smistad, Patel, Adric Christensen, Matthew Fuhr and Litzinger, and the girls’ Nina Gonzalez, Mia Gonzalez, King, Reyes, Mbibi and Linh Van.
Next up for the Mustangs will be a road trip to Clear Creek on Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. start.
All 24 court positions have been filled for this fall’s Galveston Island Thursday Night Tennis League, which kicks off this week at Menard Park’s Scoggins-Stiglich Courts at 6 p.m.
But those wanting to substitute are invited to still sign up. To do so, email league founder-organizer Beep Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Remembering Ike Team Tennis Classic once again was a huge success.
No. 7 drew teams from all parts of the state, including Copperas Cove — making a return trip after a brief absence from the tournament — and newcomer San Marcos.
However, the two-day event, co-hosted by the City of Galveston Parks and Recreation Department and Pasadena Dobie High School, would not happen without the support of so many throughout the county, beginning with Ball High School, the city host and site of the Burnt Orange Division championship match.
Then there is the University of Texas Medical Branch, which has been a mainstay as a playing site for every high school tournament Galveston has played host to over the years.
Thanks, too, to the Lowry Fitness Center, and Clear Falls, Clear Springs, Pearland Dawson, Friendswood and Texas City high schools for also serving as playing sites.
The participating coaches also appreciate those like Mr. Gaido at Gaido’s Seaside Inn, the Smeccas at Mario’s Ristorante on 61st Street and Jeff Antonelli at Shrimp & Stuff for offering the special discounts that they do to help out their respective teams and fans.
And no one makes last-minute-request trophies better than Joe Cappadona over at Treasure Island Trophies & Engraving.
TIP OF THE DAY
Bend your knees to generate more power to your serve.