LEAGUE CITY – After a complete washout on Saturday, Mother Nature finally cooperated at the second annual Clear Falls Open tennis tournament.
Six champions were crowned Sunday in the abbreviated one-day event, with League City’s Melody Duong walking away as a two-time winner.
“We opted for a shortened format that helped us speed through the draws and kept us on time to finish,” tournament director Johnna Doerre said. “No one canceled after the rain, and the weather gave us a nice cold front in the morning that made for great tennis.”
Duong, Clear Springs High School’s freshman sensation, first teamed up with Friendswood’s Michelle Ngo to win the women’s 4.5 doubles, then claimed the mixed 4.5 doubles with Missouri City’s Tomas Huynh.
Duong and Ngo beat Kemah’s Madison Doerre and Paige Mullin in the ladies’ championship match, 8-2.
Later, Duong and Huynh defeated Kemah’s Madi Doerre and League City’s Dominik Krokar in the mixed 4.5 final, 6-1, 6-2.
Huynh also won the men’s 4.5 doubles with Friendswood’s Kristian Huynh, easing past League City’s Kai Brouchard, an assistant principal at Clear Falls, and Knights co-head coach Robbie Shelton in the final, 6-4, 6-0.
League City’s Kyle Cortez and Toni Tacorda won the 4.0 mixed doubles, beating Texas City’s Kaleb Barnes and Friendswood’s Maria Herrera in the championship match, 8-4.
Two nailbiters settled the men’s 3.5 and 4.0 doubles finals.
In the men’s 3.5 championship match, El Lago’s Kevin McMahon and Rob O’Donel needed a third-set 7-5 tiebreaker to eventually put away Houston’s Darrell Bivens and Friendswood’s David Brand.
Bivens and Brand won the first set 6-3, but McMahon and O’Donel rallied with a 6-2 second-set win to force the dramatic finish.
Nearby, in the men’s 4.0 final, League City’s Eduardo Cantu and David Hernandez slipped by Dickinson’s Tim Novak and Friendswood’s Shine Lin 8-6.
“The tournament got off to a slow start with the first day getting rained out,” Johnna Doerre said. “But besides that, we had a very successful tournament. We have a lot of people excited to come back next year.”
The Clear Falls Open, a fundraiser to benefit the Clear Falls High School tennis team, attracted 56 competitors from throughout the Bay Area and neighboring communities.