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PHOTO / JEFF BERGER

Ava Lowe hits a forehand winner on the way to the silver medal in regional girls’ singles.

PHOTO / JEFF BERGER

Back to state for a second time, Hondo seniors Mercedez Trinidad and Eli Heyen are regional mixed doubles champions.

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PHOTO / JEFF BERGER

Jasmin Longoria (at net) and Sabrina Rodriguez were doubles semifinalists at the Region IV-3A tournament in Jourdanton.

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Hondo, D’Hanis both sending two entries to state tennis

 

By Jeff Berger

Anvil Herald Publisher

 

     Jourdanton -- For the second straight year, Hondo tennis is sending two entries to the University Interscholastic League 3A State Tournament.

     One is a repeat from 2023, the mixed doubles bronze medalist team of Eli Heyen/Mercedez Trinidad, who were Region IV champions Thursday at Jourdanton High School.

     The other is a first for HHS, as Ava Lowe, the Region IV runner-up in girls’ singles, becomes the first freshman from Hondo to advance to state in tennis.

     They’ll be joined at state by two doubles teams from D’Hanis, who will be competing in the 1A division.

     In mixed doubles, siblings Abby Arnett/Kenny Arnett were region IV-1A runners-up, and in boys’ doubles, Brady Herndon/Wyatt Rothe also claimed the region’s second spot to advance to state. Both were winners of playbacks to earn a state berth.

Both schools will head to the state tournament today (Thursday) in San Antonio. Conferences 1A, 2A and 3A will be playing at the North East ISD’s Blossom Tennis Center.

     In 3A, girls’ singles will begin at 10 a.m., with mixed doubles starting at 2 p.m.

     In 1A, boys’ doubles start at noon, with mixed at 2 p.m.  

     The quarterfinals and semifinals are today, with final rounds scheduled for Friday morning.

    Heyen/Trinidad needed to win only three matches instead of the usual four (sweeping all of them) to claim the 3A mixed doubles regional title, after a first-round bye. In Wednesday’s semifinals, they defeated a team from Falfurrias. Thursday, the Owls outlasted a team from Weslaco IDEA Pike and in the finals, came from behind in the opening set to defeat Poth.

     Lowe won three times in straight sets over opponents from Luling, Jourdanton and Columbus, reaching the finals, where she fell to regional champ, Kailey Albrecht of London. In a playback, Lowe defeated Breylon Swoboda of Hallettsville in split sets to earn the right to go to state.

Hondo’s girls’ doubles team at regionals, Jasmin Longoria/Sabrina Rodriguez reached the semifinals with two Wednesday wins – straight sets over a Mathis team, and split sets over Jourdanton. In Thursday’s semifinals, they fell in split sets to the eventual champion from Hallettsville and then again in split sets to Goliad in the third place match.

     In boys’ doubles, Hondo’s Aaron Gonzalez/Edgar Gonzalez had a first-round bye, but fell to a Falfurrias team in the quarterfinals.

UIL STATE

TENNIS TOURNAMENT

  Thurs.-Fri., May 16-17, 2024, in San Antonio

  1A, 2A, 3A at Blossom Tennis Center, North East ISD

  4A, 5A, 6A at Annemarie Tennis Center, Northside ISD

3A GIRLS’ SINGLES

Quarterfinals (Thursday, 10 am): Kailey Albrecht, London vs. MaKenzie Hamilton, McGregor; Katelynn Holtman, Wall vs. Fiona Rolland, White Oak; Madilynn Hamilton, McGregor vs. Ava Lowe, Hondo; Madelyn Nichol, Lone Oak vs. Gracie Caperton, Clyde.

Semifinals (Thursday, 4 pm)  Finals (Friday, 9 am)

 

3A MIXED DOUBLES

Quarterfinals (Thursday, 2 pm): Kadyn King/Johnae King, Groesbeck vs. Louie Gutierrez/Natalie Rivera, Weslaco IDEA Pike; Anna Davis/Jackson Dillinger, Atlanta vs. Kymbree Hirt/Bryson Hirt, Wall; Sariah Ellestad/Kelan Williams, Brock vs. Isaac Bailey/Ella Waldon, Mt. Pleasant Chapel Hill; Eli Heyen/Mercedez Trinidad, Hondo vs. Davis Fossett/Madalyn Hammonds, Little River-Academy.

Semifinals (Thursday, 6 pm)  Finals (Friday, 11 am)

 

1A BOYS DOUBLES

Quarterfinals (Thursday, noon): Brenner Sherwood/Brayden Sherwood, Robert Lee vs. Wyatt Rothe/Brady Herndon, D’Hanis; Ethan Barnard/Layton Vaught, Dodd City vs. Greyson Peet/Bryson Shuck, Groom; Luke Leavelle/Lawson Leavelle, Utopia vs. Austin Hernandez/Cooper Carroll, Crowell; Bryson Brockman/Creed Hochstein, Nazareth vs. Ethan Byers/Caleb Byers, Zephyr.

Semifinals (Thursday, 4 pm)  Finals (Friday, 11 am)

 

1A MIXED DOUBLES

Quarterfinals (Thursday, 2 pm): Gabriella Luce/Charlie Perez, Nueces Canyon vs. Harley Gerber/Tanner Wethington, Nazareth; Mattie Dollar/Isaac King, Newcastle vs. Ethan Villanueva/Alena Aguirre, Balmorhea; Toryan Childers/Diezel Ramirez, Patton Springs vs. Abby Arnett/Kenny Arnett, D’Hanis; Tallon Hayes/Valeria Zavala, Benjamin vs. Julia Bailey/Anthoney Torres, Ector.

Semifinals (Thursday, 6 pm)  Finals (Friday, 11 am)

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