April 13, 2017
The Cypress Ranch High School boys’ tennis team successfully defended its team championship at the District 17-6A Tournament on April 12 at Cypress Park High School.
April 13, 2017—The Cypress Ranch High School boys’ and girls’ tennis teams swept the competition to win team championships at the District 17-6A Tennis Tournament, held April 5-6 and 12 at Cypress Park High School.
The dual victory marked the first time in three years for the Mustangs to achieve the honor.
The Cypress Ranch girls’ tennis team clinched a team championship at the District 17-6A Tournament to complete the Mustangs’ sweep.
“It’s good to win both the boys’ and girls’ sides this year,” said Minh Phan, Cypress Ranch tennis coach. “The expectation for us coming in was to win both, and they did that. IT was very exciting to see that in boys’ singles, boys’ doubles and mixed doubles we were all playing one another in the finals. I’m very proud of the kids.”
The top two places in each event qualified for the Region III-6A Tennis Tournament, to be held April 17-18 at the Deer Park High School South Campus (710 San Augustine Ave.). The third- and fourth-place finishers qualified as regional alternates.
Cy-Fair junior Michael Barnett and his mixed doubles partner Kendall Krell placed fourth in their bracket to finish as a regional alternate.
The following athletes placed among the top four in their respective flights:
Phan said the Mustangs’ goal was to achieve more than five entries into the regional meet, and the teams will send six.
Cypress Ranch senior Andrew Guzman defeated teammate Julian Hadad in the final match of the boys’ singles bracket to win the district title and advance to the regional tournament.
“They’re hungry to do well at regionals this year,” he said. “On the boys’ side, they took it very hard last year when they lost in the second round. This year they want to come back and make a big statement there.”
Langham Creek girls’ doubles partner Danielle Mann (foreground) and Kelly Peters were the runners-up in their bracket to advance to the regional tournament.
Cypress Falls junior Juan Prieto hits a backhand during early-round action of the District 17-6A Tennis Tournament. Prieto and his boys’ doubles partner, Remy Comeaux, finished fourth in their respective bracket.