FRIENDSWOOD — District 24-4A boys singles champion Greg Goetschius had a hard time holding in his emotions Tuesday when he finally nailed down match point.

But who could blame the Texas City sophomore? After all, Goetschius, the No. 2 seed, had just knocked off the league’s best for the last two years.

Goetschius upset Dawson’s No. 1-seeded and two-time defending champion Cody Blanchard in the finals of the 24-4A Tennis Championships, which concluded Tuesday at Friendswood High School.

“It’s definitely a good feeling,” Goetschius said moments after letting out a roar of approval of his dramatic 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) victory, qualifying him for the Region III-4A Championships in Willis on April 15-16.

The feeling was mutual for four other champions as well, each of them donning the Mustangs’ home-court colors.

Friendswood, the tournament host, lassoed the remaining four titles, including all three doubles championships.

Goetschius, however, shared the singles heroes spotlight with the Mustangs’ Kathryn Dowless, who rallied past the Stings’ No. 1-seeded Rebecca Fracek in the girls championship match, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. That final lasted three hours, five minutes.

Both Dowless and Fracek advance to next week’s regional tournament, where they will be joined by several colleagues.

Friendswood’s No. 1-seeded boys’ doubles team of Kishan Patel and Imran Siddiqi earned a berth with a 6-3, 6-3 finals victory over No. 2-seeded Goose Creek Memorial.

Later, the Stings’ No. 4-seeded Quentin Chavis Jr. and Riley Finn worked their way into regionals with a pair of upsets, first beating No. 3-seeded Dawson in the third-place match, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, to set up a do-or-die second-place playback with Goose Creek Memorial.

There, Chavis and Finn prevailed 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

In an all-Mustangs girls’ doubles final, No. 1-seeded Brittany and Kaitlyn Vu defeated No. 2-seeded LB Labra and Michelle Ngo, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).

The same scenario held true in the mixed doubles final, where Friendswood’s No. 1-seeded Joann Karam and Justin Vu eased by No. 2-seeded teammates Paige Chisholm and Jordan Desbrow, 6-1, 6-0.

All five Friendswood doubles finalists are heading to regionals.

“We work on doubles a lot, and we have the top of our lineup playing the doubles,” Mustangs coach David Cook said. “Up to this point, we’ve lived up to those high expectations.”

Two other Friendswood players finished third overall, both in singles.

In the boys’ third-place match, the Mustangs’ No. 4-seeded Johnny Luu upset Goose Creek Memorial’s No. 3-seeded Neil Lagrada, 6-3, 7-5.

Friendswood’s No. 4-seeded Hannah Cooley upset Goose Creek Memorial’s No. 3-seeded Khate Daymiel in the girls’ third-place match, 6-3, 6-1.

In the girls doubles third-place match, Texas City’s No. 4-seeded Sarah Mejia and Cheryl Prevost lost to No. 3-seeded Dawson, 6-0, 6-1.


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