Katy ISD tennis players vie for state berths
Katy ISD will send another talented group to the Region III-6A tennis tournament after crowning its District 19-6A champions this past week at Katy High School.
The district champions and runner-up finishers advanced to regionals, scheduled for April 17-18 at Deer Park High School. Four of the five 19-6A brackets required playbacks to decide the second regional berth.
Seven Lakes swept the three doubles brackets, including a mixed doubles with multiple 2018 regional qualifiers.
Divija Nadella and Sid Kumar defeated Tompkins’ Gayathri Rajesh and Jianuo Wang in the final. The Falcons won the playback to advance. Nadella and Rajesh both qualified for regionals in girls singles last year. A senior, Nadella makes her fourth trip to Deer Park.
Kevin Ho and Brian Ho gave Seven Lakes the boys doubles championship, with Tompkins’ Charles Kuchler and Austin Xu winning the playback.
Isabella Wiik and Anna Bouleau won the girls doubles crown, with Tompkins’ Chloe Mason and Cameron Smith sweeping the playback. Wiik earned her third regional berth in doubles, including a state tournament appearance in mixed doubles last year.
Taylor’s Cristopher Cequea-Rivero defeated Cinco Ranch’s Brian Wan for the boys singles title. Wan qualified for the third consecutive year from a 19-6A bracket that has produced the last three regional champions and a state champion.
Tompkins’ Ava Melaerts won the girls singles championship. Cinco Ranch was assured of the second regional spot as Kayla Wan and Paula Acosta Ricci were scheduled for a playback.
The top two finishers in each Region III-6A bracket advance to the Class 6A state tournament, scheduled for May 16-17 at Texas A&M University.
DISTRICT 19-6A TENNIS
Brian Wan, Cinco Ranch, def. Jonathan Lin, Taylor, 6-1, 6-0
Cristopher Cequea-Rivero, Taylor, def. Mihir Amte, Tompkins, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Cequea-Rivero def. Wan, 6-1, 6-1
Lin def. Amte, 6-4, 7-5
Ava Melaets, Tompkins, def. Paula Acosta Ricci, Cinco Ranch, 6-2, 7-5
Kayla Wan, Cinco Ranch, def. Sabrina Lopez, Taylor, 6-1, 6-1
Melaerts def. Wan, 6-1, 6-1
Acosta Ricci def. Lopez, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7)
(Wan and Acosta Ricci in playback at press time)
Charles Kuchler/Austin Xu, Tompkins, def. David Zhu/Emilio Nagel, Tompkins, 6-3, 6-4
Kevin Ho/Brian Ho, Seven Lakes, def. David Borges/Roshan Balarasan, Taylor, 6-2, 6-0
Ho/Ho def. Kuchler/Xu, 6-2, 6-4
Borges/Balarasan def. Zhu/Nagel, 6-7, 6-0, 6-3
Kuchler/Xu def. Borges/Balarasan, 6-3, 6-2
Anna Bouleau/Isabella Wiik, Seven Lakes, def. Aresly Perez/Caroline Warms, Katy, 6-2, 6-4
Chloe Mason/Cameron Smith, Tompkins, def. Liska Knight/Andrea Narro, Seven Lakes, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
Bouleau/Wiik def. Mason/Smith, 6-0, 6-0
Warms/Perez def. Knight/Narro, 6-3, 6-2
Mason/Smith def. Warms/Perez, 6-1, 6-3
Jianuo Wang/Gayathri Rajesh, Tompkins, def. Christian Drake/Kavita Kulanthaivel, Seven Lakes, 6-2, 6-3
Sid Kumar/Divija Nadella, Seven Lakes, def. Grant Shim/Nathalia Ciliberto, Tompkins, 6-4, 6-1
Kumar/Nadella def. Wang/Rajesh, 7-6, 6-3
Shim/Ciliberto def. Drake/Kulanthaivel, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
Wang/Rajesh def. Shim/Ciliberto, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4