Clear Creek High School’s Alejandra Lopez advanced to the girls 18-and-under singles final of the rain-plagued Bay Area Racquet Club Champ Major Zone tennis tournament in Clear Lake City.

Lopez, seeded No. 4, was scheduled to play Corpus Christi’s No. 5-seeded Sara Humpal in the championship match, but Mother Nature got the best of both players as persistent inclement weather canceled the matchup.

En route to the final, Lopez recorded four wins, beginning with a 3-5, 4-0, 10-5 comeback in the first round against Katy’s Alexandra Kyser.

Lopez then shut out Conroe’s Kaitlin Stevens in the second round, 4-0, 4-0, before rallying back once more, this time against San Antonio’s No. 7-seeded Kendall Hunt in the quarterfinals, 1-4, 4-1, 10-7.

Later, in the semifinals, Lopez breezed to a 4-1, 4-0 romp past The Woodlands’ Natalia Garcia.


Friendswood’s Xavier Carbone-Larson grabbed runner-up honors in the boys 14s singles at the King Daddy Sports February Junior Open tennis tournament in Houston.

Carbone-Larson, seeded No. 1, won three rounds before losing a pair of hard-fought tiebreakers to Houston’s No. 2-seeded Graydon Buckingham in the final, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-1).

After drawing a first-round bye, Carbone-Larson defeated Pearland’s Andy Jiang in the quarterfinals, 4-1, 4-0, and Houston’s Eric Kuo in the semifinals, 4-2, 1-4, 10-7.


Wednesday is the deadline to register for the Houston March Challenger one-and two-day tennis tournaments, scheduled for the weekend of March 3-4.

Both are intermediate-level tournaments.

Online registration is available. Entry fees are $32 for the one-day tournament, set for March 3, and $36 for the two-day tournament, to be held March 3-4.

The tournament identification numbers are 800010118 (one-day) and 800010018 (two-day).

There is a one event limit.

For information, call tournament director Eric Striesfeld at 281-488-7026 or email him at


In singles, when in doubt, hit the ball crosscourt.

This gives you more footage to hit into — 82 feet compared to just 78 feet down the line. Plus the net is lower.

Manuel Moreno Jr.:

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