May 18, 2018
Cypress Ranch High School junior Melissa LaMette hits a return during play at the UIL Tennis State Tournament at Texas A&M University’s Mitchell Tennis Center. LaMette was making her third state appearance and finished as the state runner-up in Class 6A girls’ singles.
May 18, 2018—Cypress Ranch High School junior Melissa LaMette finished as the state runner-up in Class 6A girls’ singles at the UIL Tennis State Tournament on May 18, coming a year after she helped win the school’s first tennis state title.
LaMette fell to Fort Bend Dulles’ Marlee Zein, 6-3, 6-2, in the championship match. The junior reached the finals after beating Austin Vandegrift’s Gabby Cusano, 6-1, 7-6 (2), in the quarterfinals, and Midland’s Allison Stewart, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4, in the semifinals.
Cypress Ranch High School junior Melissa LaMette (left) poses with Minh Phan, the Mustangs head tennis coach after she captured the silver medal in the Class 6A girls’ singles bracket. LaMette was making her third state appearance and adds the runner-up finish to a championship she won in mixed doubles in 2017.
“It was a tough match,” LaMette said of the state championship. “I knew she was a good player and I knew I had to bring my ‘A’ game but I came up a little short today.”
The state appearance is LaMette’s third in as many years. She and Cypress Ranch senior Dylan Payne reached the mixed doubles semifinals in 2016, while LaMette teamed with senior Varun Thachil to capture the 2017 Class 6A mixed doubles state championship.
Cypress Ranch High School senior Dylan Payne returns a shot during he and teammate Abhi Ramireddy’s Class 6A boys’ doubles quarterfinal match at the UIL Tennis State Tournament. The duo advanced to state for a second consecutive year.
“All these experiences mean so much to me,” said LaMette, who also helped lead the Mustangs to a runner-up finish in the Team Tennis state championships in the fall.
Added Cypress Ranch head coach Minh Phan: “When I walked off the court with her, she was a little bit disappointed because she really wanted it. She said, ‘I’m going to come back next year.’”
Payne teamed with junior Abhi Ramireddy and the two returned to state for a second consecutive year. They lost in the Class 6A boys’ doubles quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-3, to Austin Westlake’s Roger Chou and Cyrus Sabharwal, who captured the state crown.
Cy-Fair High School freshman Kayal Gownder teamed with sophomore Shalom Victor in qualifying for the UIL State Tennis Tournament and the duo reached the Class 6A semifinals.
Cypress Ranch High School junior Abhi Ramireddy serves during a Class 6A boys’ doubles quarterfinals match May 17 at the UIL State Tennis Tournament.
The Cy-Fair High School duo of freshman Kayal Gownder and sophomore Shalom Victor reached the Class 6A girls’ doubles semifinals. The two won their opening-round match, beating Round Rock Westwood’s Sophie Kardonik and Michelle Duan, 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-2. They then fell to Plano West’s Emma Gener and Jocelyn Thai, 6-4, 6-4, in the semifinals.
Cy-Fair High School sophomore Shalom Victor serves during her Class 6A girls’ doubles quarterfinals match at the UIL State Tennis Tournament. Victor and freshman Kayal Gownder advanced to the semifinals.