Beep Sullivan is at it again.
Galveston’s biggest tennis enthusiast — other than yours truly, of course — is gearing up for another Galveston Island Thursday Night Tennis League, which gets underway March 15.
But first Sullivan is calling on all island tennis buffs to gather this Thursday night for a Meet & Greet at Menard Park’s Scoggins-Stiglich Courts, starting at 6 p.m.
Sullivan wants everyone to “come ready to play if you’d like to meet new players to our island family,” she said.
Also, “I would like our league to communicate and have weekly updates this season on our Facebook page,” Sullivan added.
To accomplish that goal, Sullivan will bring her computer and a tech support person to help potential participants establish a Facebook account along with entering information needed from email addresses to phone numbers to create a player and substitute list.
“Our tennis league is growing,” Sullivan said, hinting a singles league is in the works, as well.
For now, 24 players and countless subs are needed for the doubles league. Sign-up officially begins March 8.
For information, call Sullivan at 817-727-5266 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NGO WAY; YES WAY
Friendswood’s Alan Ngo won the boys 16-and-under singles title at the Bay Area Racquet Club February Junior Open tennis tournament in Clear Lake City.
Ngo lived up to his No. 1 seed with four wins, including a 7-5, 7-5 finals victory over Sugar Land’s No. 2-seeded Ethan Ni.
Ngo never relinquished a set along the way, following a first-round bye with a 6-3, 6-2 effort past Houston’s Ashwin Dev in the quarterfinals before beating Missouri City’s No. 4-seeded Mario Dominguez in the semifinals, 7-5, 6-1.
Dominguez earlier had beaten Friendswood’s Rohan Sunkurredi in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-2.
Sunkurredi started the tournament with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Missouri City’s James Anderson.
League City’s Katiana Gonzalez also walked away with a gold medal at the February BARC tournament, winning the girls 10s singles orange division.
Gonzalez went 3-0 in round-robin play, capping it off with a 4-0, 4-1 victory against Friendswood’s Maadhvi Bhojani, the eventual runner-up, in round three.
Gonzalez first won against Houston’s Aadya Sachdeva, then defeated League City’s Katelyn Gross in round two, 4-0, 4-0.
Bhojani was 2-1 overall, opening with a 4-0, 4-2 win against Gross in round one.
Dickinson High School’s Cecilia Chong and John’Na Baldwin won girls “A” singles medals at the Alvin Freshmen Tennis Tournament.
Chong was the overall winner, while Baldwin claimed the consolation’s top prize.
En route to her first-place showing, Chong defeated Manvel 8-0, Brazoswood 8-1 and Clear Brook in the final, 8-3.
Baldwin was a tad busier, winning five matches in all, including 8-0 shutouts against Clear Springs and Alvin. She also beat Clear Brook and two players from Pearland Dawson, the second by a 6-3 count.
Next month’s tournament schedule includes BARC’s March Junior Open tennis tournament the weekend of March 24-25.
Entry deadline is March 18.
The intermediate-level tournament offers boys and girls open singles and doubles in the 12s through 18s age brackets, as well as boys and girls 10s singles in both the orange- and green-ball divisions. Also being offered is a coed 10s doubles green-ball event.
Entry fees are $38.13 for singles and $46 per doubles team. There is an event limit of one singles and one doubles.
Online registration is available. The tournament identification number is 800010218.
For information, call tournament director Eric Striesfeld at 281-488-7-26 or email him at email@example.com.
TIP OF THE DAY
In singles, neutralize your opponent’s offensive shots by hitting the ball deep and down the middle.