BRYAN – A bevy of Central Texas high school tennis standouts inched closer to the UIL state championships on Monday.
At the Region III-4A Championships at Bryan High School, China Spring’s mixed doubles duo of Micah Turner and Makenna May won their first two matches to advance to Tuesday’s semifinals. May and Turner defeated Mexia’s tandem of Jessica Gonzalez and Jimmy Tran, 6-0, 6-3, and then dispatched Caldwell’s Jordan Fryear and Jonathan Ellard, 6-1, 6-1.
On Tuesday, May and Turner will face a strong duo from Taylor, Abby Boles and Reese Griffith, in the 8:30 a.m. semifinals. Should they win that match, they’ll move on to the final at 11 a.m.
China Spring also advanced a team to the semis in 4A boys’ doubles, as Tyler Webb and Mitchell Moran won their second-round match after a first-round bye.
In 4A girls singles, Robinson’s Megan Litton blew to a pair of wins, dropping only three games in victories over Huffman-Hargrave’s Rachel Wilkins and Silsbee’s Evie Short. Litton will face Lufkin Hudson’s Kristina Johnson in Tuesday’s semifinals.
Robinson also advanced a pair to the semifinals in boys’ singles, as Casey Voss and 2016 state qualifier Noah Wingate will play on opposite sides of the bracket, looking to meet in the final.
Across town at the Region III-3A championships at A&M Consolidated, both McGregor and Groesbeck advanced teams through to the semis in boys’ doubles – Noah Santa Cruz and Colby McWhorter for the Goats and Andrew Taylor and Seth Melton for the Bulldogs.
Groesbeck also has the duo of Hannah Defriend and Josie Wells alive in 3A girls doubles, while McGregor’s Coby Bess and Brooke Guest won a hard-fought match over Central Heights’ Ben Bortch and Riley Ray, 6-3, 7-6 (2), to advance in mixed doubles.
Houston Harris of Cameron Yoe won both of her Monday matches by 6-1, 6-1 scores to move on to the semis in girls singles.