DEER PARK – Clear Springs co-head tennis coach Gregg Parker has had a hunch about his top girls doubles team all postseason long.
So far, that hunch has been a pleasant reality.
As expected, No. 4-seeded freshman Melody Duong and sophomore Haley Voumard won twice Tuesday to advance to today’s 8:30 a.m. semifinals at the Region III-5A Tennis Championships at Deer Park High School.
“We played well but need to play better tomorrow,” Parker said following the Chargers’ 6-1, 7-5 quarterfinal victory against Langham Creek’s Danielle Mann and Kelsey Vinsik.
Earlier, Duong and Voumard opened with a 6-0, 6-1 romp past Elsik’s Thanh Ly and Mary Ndong in the first round.
Next up for the Chargers will be Spring Branch Memorial’s No. 2-seeded Nousha Nowamooz and Courtney Wright.
“We’ll have to serve and return well, as well as be more aggressive at the net,” Parker said of the semifinal matchup.
Also working their way to today’s semifinals was the Clear Creek No. 5-seeded mixed doubles team of Sophie Baillargeon and Dilan Behrle.
Baillargeon and Behrle debuted with a 6-0, 6-1 first-round win over Dobie’s Kim Dinh and John Le then upset Seven Lakes’ No. 4-seeded Alex Ju and Nancy Liu in the quarterfinals, 7-5, 7-6 (9-7).
“I’m very excited about that,” Wildcats coach Patrick Marrie said of Baillargeon and Behrle’s first-day outing.
“In the quarterfinals, Sophie, who’s mentally tough, went toe-to-toe with both the boy and girl, and that gave Dilan the opportunity to finish and close out points at the net. That’s been our brand of tennis.”
In the semifinals at 8:30 a.m., Baillargeon and Behrle will challenge Lamar’s No. 1-seeded Emily Chen and John Milstead.
However, one surprise ending came in the boys’ doubles, where Clear Creek’s No. 4-seeded Ford Cunningham and Ashton Duke were sidetracked in the quarterfinals by Cypress Ranch’s Christian Borrero and Ravichand Ramireddy, 6-4, 6-4.
“You really can’t take anything away from Cy- Ranch,” Marrie said. “They really outplayed us at the net. I know our boys are disappointed.”
Cunningham and Duke started the day with a 6-0, 6-4 first-round win over Westside’s Edlan Kuo and Shyon Parsa.
Also eliminated in the quarterfinals was the Wildcats’ girls doubles team of Elizabeth Le and Jessi Nifong.
After beating Lamar’s sister team of Blakeley and Chandler Ayala in the first round, 6-0, 6-1, Le and Nifong lost to Cinco Ranch’s No. 3-seeded Sara Haakonsen and Valentina Martinez, 6-2, 7-5.
In girls singles first-round action, Clear Creek’s Ava Manuel was beaten by Lamar’s Nicole Hutchinson, 6-0, 6-1.
Mustangs stay alive
WILLIS – Friendswood advanced two doubles teams to today’s semifinals at the Region III-4A Tennis Championships at the Blythe Calfee Tennis Center.
The Mustangs’ No. 3-seeded teams of Brittany and Kaitlyn Vu in girls doubles, and Joann Karam and Justin Vu each won twice Tuesday to remain in the state tournament hunt.
The Vu girls soared past Houston Austin’s Karina Garcia and Victoria Tran in the first round, 6-0, 6-0, but needed two grueling sets in the quarterfinals to shake off Montgomery’s Taylor Heard and Jillian Wright, 7-6 (10-8), 7-5.
In today’s 8 a.m. semis, the Vus will take on Tomball Memorial’s No. 2-seeded Maria Sanchez and Teresa Sanchez.
Karam and Vu also were shutout winners in the opening round, beating Houston Austin’s Gabriela Bravo and Noe Romero before slipping by Foster’s Madison Emery and Nicholas Shreffler in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 7-5.
Karam and Vu next will face Montgomery’s No. 2-seeded Molly Hinkle and Brock Lauer at 9:30 a.m.
In boys singles, Texas City’s No. 3-seeded Greg Goetschius was upset by Huntsville’s Chandler Livingston in the first round, 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-3.
Also, Friendswood’s No. 4-seeded girls doubles team of L.B. Labra and Michelle Ngo was upset by Georgetown’s Paige Sheridan and Erika Wong in the quarterfinals, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).