Four Nacogdoches area tennis athletes are preparing to battle the state’s best in two weeks as they compete for their respective UIL State tennis championships in San Antonio.
Woden junior Elizabeth Moreau captured the Class 2A Region III girls singles championship for the second time in three years and will open the 2A State Tournament on Thursday, May 20, in the Blossom Tennis Center against Debonne Haynes of Quanah.
Central Heights senior Jason Harris placed second at the Class 3A Region III boys singles championship and will open State tournament quarterfinal action on May 20 in the Annemarie Tennis Center against Payne Smith of Wall.
Cushing seniors Asa Dawson and Deuce Garrett placed second at the Class 2A Region III Tennis Tournament in boys doubles and will be in San Antonio on May 20 to compete for a gold medal in the Blossom Tennis Center in quarterfinal action against Gabriel Muniz and Myah Torres of Wink.
Here’s a look at how the athletes reached the state tournament:
Elizabeth Moreau (Woden) — Moreau claimed the 2A Region III regional girls singles title as a freshman and wasn’t able to compete as a sophomore because of cancellations of the UIL’s state’s season due to COVID-19. But she’s back this year looking for the elusive State title.
At the regional tournament she defeated her opponent from San Augustine, 6-0, 6-0, one from Bremond, 6-0, 6-0, her Moody opponent in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-3, and an athlete from Chilton, 6-1, 6-1, in the 2A Region III Finals.
Her 2A State Quarterfinal will get underway at 10:30 a.m., with the semifinal round set for 3:15 p.m. in the Blossom Tennis Center. The finals are scheduled for Friday, May 21, in the same facility.
Jason Harris (Central Heights) — Harris finished second in boys singles at the Class 3A Region III Tennis Championships at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station.
He will open play in the 3A State Boys Singles Quarterfinals on May 20 at 8 a.m. The semifinals are scheduled for 2 p.m., with the finals getting underway on Friday, May 21, at 10 a.m.
At the regional meet, Harris knocked off Will Prochazka of Franklin, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, in the semifinals, then dropped a 2-6, 1-6 decision to Sean Miller of Westwood in the finals. In the boys singles playback, Harris knocked off Adolfo Gaucin of Caldwell, 6-4, 6-2.
He will begin quarterfinal action at 8 a.m. on May 20. Semifinal play will get started at 2 p.m. on the same day, with the championship set for May 21 at 10 a.m.
In other Central Heights action at the 3A Region III Tournament, the boys doubles duo of Fletcher Colgan and Jack Lasater lost to Jonathan Golovin and Samuel Golovin of Academy, 1-6, 1-6, defeated Jesus Antonio and Francisco Ibarra, 6-2, 6-4, in the third-place match and then dropped the boys doubles playback match, 5-7, 1-6 to Nolan Brashear and Marino Cardona of Cameron Yoe.
Central Heights’ Hadley Watts lost to Amara Cook of New Waverly, 6-2, 3-6, 0-6, in the girls’ singles semifinals and then dropped third-place match to Kaylee Alexander of Academy, 1-6, 3-6.
Dawson and Garrett (Cushing) — Dawson and Garrett will compete in 2A Boys Doubles in the quarterfinals on May 20 at 9:15 a.m. and will look to advance to the semifinals later in the day 3:15 p.m. The 2A boys doubles State Finals are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. on May 21.
The Bearkat duo defeated their opponents from Bremond in the first round of the 2A Region III Meet, 6-1, 6-1. They had a tougher time with Chilton, winning 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.
In the regional semifinals they won in straight sets over Centerville, 6-3, 6-4. They then lost in the championship to Crawford, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6.
In other Cushing action, Lexie Nichols and Kyelie Broumley won their first match in girls doubles at the regional tournament, 6-1, 6-3, and then lost to Bremond, 0-6, 1-6.