Tennis tournament

Clear Creek head tennis coach Derick Geise (left) poses with top Wildcat Alejandra Lopez after her winning the girls “A” singles championship at the Clear Brook Foster-Holtman Invitational tennis tournament on Saturday.



Clear Creek High School’s Alejandra Lopez won the girls “A” singles championship at the Clear Brook Foster-Holtman Invitational Tennis Tournament.

Lopez won five rounds in all, including a 7-5, 6-0 finals victory over Fort Bend Ridge Point’s Jada Hill in Saturday’s championship match.

Also walking away with a first-place singles medal was Clear Falls’ Connor Johnson in the boys “B” event, where he beat Lopez’s teammate, Brice Farine, in the final, 6-1, 6-1.

Adding to the locals’ first-place trophy list was the Clear Falls “B” mixed doubles team of Helena Prado and Jordan Rauscher, finals winners against Katy Cinco Ranch’s Rachel Zhu and Michael Tian.

Earlier, Prado and Rauscher defeated Manvel (6-2, 6-2) and Pearland Dawson (6-1, 6-2) before upsetting Friendswood’s No. 1-seeded Nina Gonzalez and Josh Grewal in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-1.

Prado and Rauscher then defeated Ridge Point in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-3.

“That was the first time for our mixed doubles playing together,” Clear Falls head coach Keller Akin said of Prado and Rauscher. “They complement each other very well, Helena from the baseline and Jordan at the net.”

Meantime, en route to her championship, Lopez first drew a bye, then beat Cinco Ranch’s Amy Wang in the second round, 6-1, 6-0, and Friendswood’s Maura Mitchell in the quarterfinals, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3.

Lopez moved on to the final with a 6-4, 7-5 semifinal upset of Humble Kingwood’s No. 2-seeded Maddie Bezner.

“After finishing second in the last couple of tournaments, it was a big confidence booster for her to finish first in the Brook tournament,” Clear Creek head coach Derick Geise said of Lopez.

“Even without her not being 100 percent physically, Ale battled for every point and kept her composure,” Geise added.

As for Johnson, he was a five-time winner, as well, relinquishing just four games in the first four rounds, including 6-0, 6-0 shutouts of both Port Neches-Groves’ Jonah Smith and Brazoswood’s Javi Fernandez in the quarterfinals.

Johnson also beat Tomball’s Randal Lemmon in the second round, 6-2, 6-0, before later upsetting Clear Lake’s No. 1-seeded Jacob Straube in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-1.

“Connor is just a really smart, patient player,” Akin said. “(Saturday) we had a lot of wind, and he played it perfectly depending on which side he was on. It was fun to watch.”

Farine advanced to the championship round with four wins, starting off with a 6-1, 6-0 effort past Clear Springs’ Kevin Larios in the opening round.

From there, Farine defeated Dickinson’s Gerald Peoples in the second round, 6-1, 6-0; Kingwood’s Talha Arif in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-1; and Ridge Point’s No. 2-seeded Mario Dominguez in the semifinals, 3-6, 4-5 retired.

Along with Farine, several other locals were runners-up in their respective events.

Clear Creek’s Carter Crookson took second in the boys “A” singles, eventually losing to Kingwood’s No. 1-seeded Dalton Locke in the final, 6-2, 6-0.

Along the way, Crookston upset Cinco Ranch’s No. 2-seeded Brian Wan in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-1.

In the boys “B” doubles final, Friendswood’s Natan Bondin and Kiertan Patel lost a 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 heartbreaker to Clear Lakes’ Victor Castellanos and Aditya Nagpal.

Clear Springs’ Sarafina Chancellor and Sahar Elchehabi, seeded No. 2, suffered the same disappointing fate in the girls “B” doubles championship match, as the two dropped a 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 decision to Dawson’s Trinity Hatchett and Kamryn Powe.

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