Cy-Woods freshman reaches tennis state semis


May 8, 2007 —Cypress Woods High School freshman tennis player Kourtney Howell wrapped up a successful first season on the Wildcats’ varsity team, advancing to the state semifinals before being eliminated Monday at the Penick-Allison courts in Austin.

Howell, who won the Class 5A Region III Girls’ Singles championship two weeks ago, prevailed in her state quarterfinal match on Monday morning, defeating Midland Lee’s Sureena Weir by scores of 6-3, 6-2.

In the semifinals, Howell fell to Round Rock Westwood’s Rosalia Alda, 6-3, 6-2, putting an end to a season in which the 15-year-old carried a 21-2 match record. Howell earned a third-place medal for her efforts at state.

“My opinion is that she’s destined for greatness,” said Tim Calhoun, Cypress Woods tennis coach. “She’s got all the tools, and it’s easy for me to coach her when she has all those weapons to use. Everybody had a hard time believing she was just a freshman, and we’re thinking she’ll be back (at state) again several times.”

Calhoun said he was pleasantly surprised at the success of the tennis program in only its first year of UIL competition.

“We weren’t expecting to get to this level this year, and all of a sudden Kourtney showed up at Cy-Woods and made a big difference,” he said. “Hopefully next year I’ll have a couple of boys to join her.”



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