Texas City’s Bill Koster and Friendswood’s Hugh Burris won men’s singles titles at the Westside Lexus & Northside Lexus Houston Fall Festival Super Senior Major Zone tennis tournament.
At the same time, Friendswood’s Richard Griffin was finishing second in the men’s 65-and-over singles.
Koster also teamed up with Griffin to win the men’s 60s round-robin doubles.
Koster won the men’s 60s singles with four wins, including a thrilling 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) three-setter over Houston’s David Chang in the championship match.
After receiving a first-round bye, Koster, seeded No. 1, shut out Dallas’ Jack Smithheisler in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-0, before easing past Houston’s David Brooks in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-1.
Burris, too, won four times, eventually beating Pfugerville’s No. 2-seeded Paul Smith in the final.
Burris, seeded No. 1, also received a bye, then had little problems putting away Houston’s Peter Silverstein in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-0, and Houston’s Gary Plank in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-2.
In the men’s 60s doubles, Griffin and Koster were a perfect 3-0, completing the sweep with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) thriller past Brooks and Houston’s Carl Poston in round three.
Griffin and Koster first shut out Sugar Land’s Ouseph Ignatius and Houston’s Siva Prasad in round one, 6-0, 6-0, then defeated Montgomery’s Robert Parrott and Plank in round two.
Griffin fell one win short in the men’s 65s singles, winning twice before losing to Austin’s No. 1-seeded Carl Morris in the final, 6-2, 6-2.
Earlier, Griffin, seeded No. 2, beat League City’s Chester Strunk in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-0, and Parrott in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-1.
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Two other locals came away big winners at the Houston Fall Festival’s Senior Major Zone and Adult Open.
League City’s Connor Colorado won the men’s 4.0 singles, while Friendswood’s Judy De Alejandro was teaming up with Pearland’s Laura Jolly to win the women’s 4.0 doubles.
Colorado needed five wins to claim his singles championship, eventually outlasting Houston’s Daniel Young in the final, 6-4, 2-6, 1-2 retired.
After a bye, Colorado beat Houston’s Jason Pfister in the second round, 7-5, 6-4, then upset Houston’s No. 1-seeded Thurston Woods in the quarterfinals, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Later, in the semifinals, Colorado defeated Houston’s John Alappatt by default.
As for De Alejandro and Jolly, they reeled off three consecutive straight-set victories, including a 6-1, 6-3 effort past Houston’s Linda Chavers and Chelsea Grear in the final.
De Alejandro and Jolly faced their toughest challengers in the quarterfinals, slipping past Houston’s Sherri-Ann Carroll and Cypress’ Yolanda Levingston 7-5, 6-4. Then De Alejandro and Jolly defeated Houston’s Blakely Dye and Sara Sommers in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-1.
County juniors fared well at the Bay Area Racquet Club Fall Open tennis tournament in Clear Lake City.
Friendswood’s Xavier Carbone-Larson won the boys’ 14-and-under round-robin doubles with Katy’s Brian Ho.
Carbone-Larson and Ho beat Houston’s Aryan Prakash and Pearland’s Amar Sehgal in round one, 8-3, then upset Missouri City’s No. 1-seeded Ryan Au Yeung and Mario Dominguez in round two, 9-7.
Also, League City’s Katiana Gonzalez and Friendswood’s Alexandria Carbone-Larson placed second in their respective singles events.
Gonzalez won two rounds in the co-ed 10s orange-ball division, following a bye with a 4-2, 4-1 semifinals victory over Friendswood’s Madison Duong.
But in the final, Gonzalez lost to Houston’s Yohance Badyal 4-0, 4-3. Badyal had debuted with a 4-0, 4-2 quarterfinals win against Friendswood’s Maadhvi Bhojani, then beat League City’s Samantha Striesfeld in the semifinals, 4-0, 4-0.
Duong earlier in the quarterfinals had beaten Galveston’s Cadee Salyer 4-2, 4-1. And Striesfeld advanced to the semis with a 4-1, 4-1 quarterfinals victory over Houston’s Abigail Field.
Meantime, Alexandria Carbone-Larson was winning twice before losing to Houston’s No. 2-seeded Polina Radchenko in the girls’ 18s final, 6-3, 6-4.
Carbone-Larson, seeded No. 1, followed a default win with a 6-0, 6-0 whitewashing of Pearland’s Kristina Sherrill in the semifinals.
A familiar name to Galveston tennis won the co-ed 10s singles green-ball division at the BARC Fall Open.
Houston’s Thomas Cook V, son of former Ball High standout Thomas Cook IV, went 3-0 in the round-robin event, two of those wins at the expense of county players.
Cook beat Houston’s Morgan Meneely in round one, 4-0, 4-1, then Galveston’s Claire Jobe in round two, 4-2, 4-0, and Friendswood’s Danna Cai in round three, 4-1, 4-1.
Cai eventually placed second overall by defeating Jobe in round one, 4-0, 4-1, and Meneely in round two, 4-0, 4-0.
Jobe finished third best with her nailbiting 4-3, 4-3 win over Meneely in round three.
Friendswood carried a 5-2 lead into the doubles, then won 11 of the 12 singles matches to beat Clear Springs, 16-3, in a District 24-6A intra-county team tennis matchup on Wednesday.
The Mustang boys pulled off a sweep in the singles thanks to Ethan Bui, Race Haas, Natan Bondin, Alex Wachowicz, Noah Smistad and Adric Christensen all winning in straight sets.
Also winning their singles matches were the girls Maura Mitchell, Emily King, Faith Bias, Alex Reyes and Nicole Mbibi.
Salvaging the Chargers’ only win in singles was Megan Chu in the No. 1 girls match, where she beat Quinn Radtke 7-5, 6-2.
In other 24-6A action, Clear Creek defeated Clear Brook 16-3.
“Our kids came out very aggressive early, winning six of the seven doubles matches into the singles where they didn’t let up,” Wildcats coach Derick Geise said.
Highlighting the revenge victory — Brook handed Creek its only district loss last year — was Alejandra Lopez’s 6-1, 6-4 win over Maria Herrera in the No. 1 girls singles.
“The players were very excited after the match,” Geise said. “They had an extra incentive to win this year against Brook.”
Make way because Beep Sullivan is moving on up.
The Galveston Island Thursday Night Tennis League’s founder-coordinator recorded a perfect score of 18 to win her respective court in Week No. 2.
Also winning their courts were Jeff Dubrow and Tammy Willner, each with scores of 17; Tony Liles with a 14; and Heidi Harrison with a 13.
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