Uvalde High School wins in District 30-4A tennis

Kathy Phillips
Among the top finishers in District 30-4A tennis tournament action were Uvaldeans (left to right) Elizabeth Phillips, Reagan Dodson, Reilly Mize, Jack Brock, Colton Gaston, Jonathan Garcia, Ty Gonzalez, and Allison Goggans. Phillips, Garcia, Gonzalez and Goggans won in singles, while Dodson, Mize, Brock, and Gaston won in doubles. They will vie in regional tennis next week.

Uvalde High School won most of the honors in the District 30-4A tennis tournament last week.

The Uvaldeans finished play in the two-day event at the Terri Rambie Tennis Complex by taking first place and second place in both boys ‘singles and girls’ singles.

They captured first place and third place in boys ‘doubles, claimed third place in girls’ doubles, and took second place in mixed doubles.

“For the most part, our kids played very well,” said UHS head tennis coach Terri Rambie.

“We missed out on a couple of matches. I wanted everybody to win first or second, but unfortunately, you have to take the good with the bad. I am excited for our kids who won and qualified for regional play, ”said Rambie. “I love good competition, and we have work to do in preparing for play in the regional meet next week.”

Ty Gonzalez topped his teammate, Jonathon Garcia, 6-0 and 6-2, in the district boys’ singles title match last Friday.

Gonzalez, the top-seeded player in singles going into the tourney, dominated the semi-final match against Pearsall’s Filip Lange, the fourth-seeded player, last Thursday. Gonzalez won by scores of 6-0 and 6-0.

In the other semi-final matchup, third-seeded Garcia posted a split-set win over second-seeded Brad Bendele of Hondo. Garcia won by scores of 6-4, 6-7, and 6-2.

Elizabeth Phillips beat her teammate, Allison Goggans, 6-3 and 6-0, in the girls’ singles title match last Friday.

Phillips, the top-seeded player, crushed Hondo’s Payton Mayfield, 6-1 and 6-0, in the semi-final match last Thursday.

Goggans, the number-three seed, was a semi-final winner over Hondo’s Felicia Alvarado. She won by scores of 6-3 and 6-4.

Jack Brock and Colton Gaston won the boys’ doubles championship last Friday.

Brock and Gaston, the top-seeded team, bested Hondo’s Logan Kindred and Leo Lopez, the number-two seeds, in the championship match.

In the semifinals, Brock and Gaston rolled to a 6-2 and 6-1 win over Hondo’s Castillo and Heyen, while Kindred and Lopez topped Uvaldeans Hector Lopez and Marquez Lopez, 6-2 and 6-3, in the other semi-final match.

Lopez and Lopez whipped Castillo and Heyen of Hondo, 6-3 and 6-0, for third place.

Reilly Mize and Reagan Dodson won a play-back match for district runner-up honors in mixed doubles last Friday.

They beat teammates, Armando Garcia and Elizabeth Amaya, 6-1 and 6-1, in the playback.

Mize and Dodson lost to Kaleb Hernandez and Cassidy Reus of Hondo, 7-5 and 6-3, in the match for first place.

Garcia and Amaya won over David Cowan and Sarah Windrow of Hondo, 6-2 and 7-6, in the third-place match to force the play-back match.

Mize and Dodson rolled past Cowan and Windrow, 6-2 and 6-2, in the semifinals, while Garcia and Amaya lost to Hernandez and Reus, 6-2 and 7-6.

In girls doubles, Hope Dube and Zoe Faust beat their UHS teammates, Joana Reyes and Victoria Reyes for third place.

In semi-final play, Reyes and Reyes, the fourth-seeded team, lost a marathon match, 7-6, 4-6, and 6-3, against top-seeded Lindy Berger and Annalisa Salazar of Hondo.

Second-seeded Dube and Faust lost a 6-2 and 6-4 semi-final decision against Hondo’s Carolina Bendele and Mercedez Trinidad, the third-seeded team.

Salazar and Berger won over Bendele and Trinidad, 6-1 and 6-0, in the title match.

Next action for UHS tennis players will be in the Class 4A Region IV tournament at Corpus Christi scheduled for next Wednesday and Thursday.

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