Central Texas will be well-represented at next month’s UIL state tennis championships.
Several area players qualified for state with their performances at their respective regional tournaments on Tuesday. That included Robinson junior Noah Wingate, who won the Region III-4A title and will make another run at state after finishing as the state runner-up in boys’ singles last year.
Wingate defeated his Robinson teammate Casey Voss, 6-2, 6-0, in the boys’ single final Tuesday at Bryan High School. But since the top two finishers in each region qualify for state, Voss will join Wingate at the state tournament again. He also qualified last year.
China Spring’s mixed doubles team of Makenna May and Micah Turner lost their semifinal match, then fell in the third-place duel to Kirbyville’s Eddie Slaughter and Raven Stegall, 6-4, 6-2.
In boys doubles, China Spring’s Tyler Webb and Mitchell Moran also were bounced in the semifinals, but they did win their third-place match over Daniel Saldana and Evan Guderian.
Robinson’s Megan Litton also won her playback match in girls singles, knocking off Hardin-Jefferson’s Kaytlin Gans, 6-4, 6-5.
Over at the Region III-3A tourney at A&M Consolidated High School, Groesbeck’s longstanding tradition of sending players to the state tennis tourney continued, as Colby McWhorter and Noah Santa Cruz powered to the regional title in boys’ doubles. In the final, McWhorter and Santa Cruz teamed to take down McGregor’s Andrew Taylor and Seth Melton, 6-3, 6-3. That proved to be the closest match at the tournament for the Groesbeck duo.
As the second-place finishers, McGregor’s Taylor and Melton will also qualify for state.
In 3A girls doubles, Groesbeck’s team of Hannah Defriend and Josie Wells dropped their semifinal match, but did pull out a gritty three-set win in the third-place match over a team from Kountze.
At the Region III-2A tournament in Corsicana, Crawford’s mixed doubles duo of Anne Williams and Joe Edwards punched their ticket to state, taking the long road to get there.
Dawson’s senior team of Jacie Henderson and Chance Gillen defeated Williams and Edwards, 6-2, 6-4, in the final to return to state, but the Crawford tandem came back to win a playback match over a team from Hull Daisetta, 6-3, 6-1.
Bosqueville went 1-2 in boys’ singles, with Robert Blue topping his teammate Cason Bradberry in the final. Both Blue and Bradberry will represent Bosqueville at the state tourney.
The state tennis tournament will be May 18-19 at Texas A&M’s George Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station.