Cy Ranch sweeps district tennis team titles for 3rd straight year

April 16, 2019

Cypress Ranch High School senior Melissa LaMette won the District 14-6A girls’ singles championship, held April 3 at Bridgeland High School. LaMette advanced to the Region II-6A Tennis Tournament and helped lead the Mustangs to the girls’ district team title. (Photo by Della Fowler, Bridgeland HS)
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 Ranch High School senior Melissa LaMette won the District 14-6A girls’ singles championship, held April 3 at Bridgeland High School. LaMette advanced to the Region II-6A Tennis Tournament and helped lead the Mustangs to the girls’ district team title. (Photo by Della Fowler, Bridgeland HS)

April 16, 2019—The Cypress Ranch High School boys’ and girls’ tennis teams swept championships for a third consecutive year, claiming the District 14-6A titles at the district tennis tournament held April 2-3 at Bridgeland and Cypress Ranch high school. In District 17-6A, Cy-Fair High School had the highest finish among CFISD teams at the district tennis tournament held April 2-4 at Spring Branch ISD’s Stratford High School.

Cypress Ranch High School senior Wesley Chan prepares to serve during the District 14-6A mixed doubles championship, held April 3 at Bridgeland High School. Chan and senior Jessica Nelson won the title and advanced to the Region III-6A Tennis Tournament. (Photo by Della Fowler, Bridgeland HS)
Cypress Ranch High School senior Wesley Chan prepares to serve during the District 14-6A mixed doubles championship, held April 3 at Bridgeland High School. Chan and senior Jessica Nelson won the title and advanced to the Region III-6A Tennis Tournament. (Photo by Della Fowler, Bridgeland HS)

The Mustangs earned four of the five district titles to lead the way for the championships, which included sweeping the titles in singles and doubles on the girls’ side. That effort was led by senior Melissa LaMette winning the singles’ title and junior Rilee Marler and sophomore Valeria Tellez Daza doing the same in doubles.

Cypress Ranch claimed the top two spots in boys’ doubles, with seniors Julian Hadad and Parker Eads earning the district title.

“Our spring team goal is to defend the boys’ and girls’ district title,” said Minh Pham, Cypress Ranch head coach. “Credit to our kids that work so hard to continue this goal every spring. I’m extremely happy for our players for winning four out of five district draws and having five entries going to regionals.”

Cy-Fair High School freshman Avery Frierson returns a serve during the District 17-6A Tennis Tournament, held April 2-4 at Stratford High School. Frierson and junior Kendall Krell finished third in mixed doubles. (Photo by Anthony Fuentes, Cy-Fair HS)
Cy-Fair High School freshman Avery Frierson returns a serve during the District 17-6A Tennis Tournament, held April 2-4 at Stratford High School. Frierson and junior Kendall Krell finished third in mixed doubles. (Photo by Anthony Fuentes, Cy-Fair HS)

In all, the Mustangs advanced half of the possible 10 entries from the district meet.

Bridgeland High School freshman Aditya Makthala won the title in boys’ singles to lead three total entries from the Bears.

The following CFISD athletes placed among the top four in their respective flights in the District 14-6A Tournament:

Girls’ Singles

  1. Melissa LaMette, Cypress Ranch;
  2. Divya Tulluri, Bridgeland;
  3. Reilly Briggs, Cypress Woods; and
  4. Abbey Faggard, Bridgeland.

Girls’ Doubles

  1. Rilee Marler and Valeria Tellez Daza, Cypress Ranch;
  2. Emma Eads and Haley McNabb, Bridgeland;
  3. Bella Bombonatti and Paige Patton, Langham Creek; and
  4. Alison Chen and Lauren Green, Bridgeland.

Boys’ Singles

  1. Aditya Makthala, Bridgeland; and
  2. Ethan Reader, Bridgeland.

Boys’ Doubles

  1. Julian Hadad and Parker Eads, Cypress Ranch;
  2. Cameron Lim and Arkaprabho Bose, Cypress Ranch; and
  3. Dallas White and Siddarth Rayapur, Bridgeland.

Mixed Doubles

  1. Jessica Nelson and Wesley Chan, Cypress Ranch;
  2. Elena Nguyen and Ramiro Garcia-Agreda, Cypress Woods;
  3. Aahan Shah and Caroline Cordes, Cypress Woods;
  4. Sophie Ritter and Jared Pressley, Cypress Ranch.

In 17-6A, Cy-Fair sophomore Kayal Gownder and junior Shalom Victor finished first and second, respectively, in girls’ singles to earn CFISD’s only regional berths from the district tournament. The two advanced to the University Interscholastic League Tennis State Tournament in girls’ doubles in 2018, before meeting in an all-Cy-Fair championship this year.

Cypress Falls High School sophomore Oleg Radchenko serves during a boys’ singles match at the District 17-6A Tennis Tournament. Radchenko finished third in the bracket and qualified as a regional alternate. (Photo by Malaia Deal, Cy-Fair HS)
Cypress Falls High School sophomore Oleg Radchenko serves during a boys’ singles match at the District 17-6A Tennis Tournament. Radchenko finished third in the bracket and qualified as a regional alternate. (Photo by Malaia Deal, Cy-Fair HS)

“I'm very proud of Kayal and Shalom,” said Ross Gehlhausen, Cy-Fair head coach. “They knew they needed to step it up in a top-heavy district with Memorial being involved and they came through.  Especially proud of Shalom as she was seeded third and beat the No. 2 seed from Memorial.”

The following CFISD athletes placed among the top four in their respective flights in the District 17-6A Tournament:

Girls’ Singles

  1. Kayal Gownder, Cy-Fair; and
  2. Shalom Victor, Cy-Fair.

Girls’ Doubles

  1. Avery Frierson and Kendall Krell, Cy-Fair; and
  2. Anura Grewal and Bailey Smith, Cy-Fair

Boys’ Singles

  1. Oleg Radchenko, Cypress Falls; and
  2. Austin Mireles, Cypress Creek.

Mixed Doubles

  1. Kevin Nguyen and Sydney Howse, Cy-Fair.

The top two places in each event qualified for regional competition, with the third- and fourth-place finishers qualifying as regional alternates.

Cypress Woods High School sophomore Caroline Cordes sets up a return in mixed doubles play during the District 14-6A Tennis Tournament. Cordes and fellow sophomore Aahan Shah finished third in the bracket and qualified as a regional alternate. (Photo by Della Fowler, Bridgeland HS)
Cypress Woods High School sophomore Caroline Cordes sets up a return in mixed doubles play during the District 14-6A Tennis Tournament. Cordes and fellow sophomore Aahan Shah finished third in the bracket and qualified as a regional alternate. (Photo by Della Fowler, Bridgeland HS)

District 14-6A entries advanced to the Region II-6A Tennis Tournament, to be held April 17-18 at Waco Regional Tennis & Fitness (900 W. Lake Shore Dr.) in Waco. District 17-6A entries advanced to the Region III-6A Tennis Tournament, to be held April 17-18 at Deer Park High School South Campus (710 San Augustine Ave.). 

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