Tennis: 24-4A could see friendly final
When the District 24-4A Tennis Tournament rolls around in just over a month, you just might see an all-Friendswood matchup in the boys doubles finals.
"It happened last year and it could very well happen again," Friendswood coach David Cook said, "and both teams, and some of our other players, have a shot to get out of district and do well at regionals."
Friendswood features the boys doubles duos of seniors Cody Westphal and Eric Linde, and juniors Matt Kibikas and Conner Callaway.
Westphal and Linde have region experience and played with different partners last year.
"They have a good chance to do well in district and regionals, and there's a chance at a state berth," Cook said, "but there's always someone who gets real tough in the region final four, so it's always a big challenge."
Cook also has good feelings about his mixed doubles teams of junior Kent Tollette and freshman JoAnn Karam, and senior Kelsey Young and sophomore Tyler White.
"We saw something when we put Tollette and Karam together in practice, and we hope it turns into something special," Cook said. "Karam climbed the challenge ladder from No. 6 during team tennis in the fall, and has teamed up very well with Tollette, even though they've had some tough draws early on."
A win at the Fort Bend Tournament last week put even more attention on the Lady Mustangs doubles team of sophomore Hannah Brown and freshman Kaitlyn Vu.
"They're petite, but powerful, and even though they're young, they keep winning the close matches," Cook said. "They didn't play together in the fall, but they're playing some very good tennis, and that's very encouraging."
Friendswood hosts the District 24-4A Tournament on April 6-7 with Clear Falls, Dawson, Manvel, Texas City, Santa Fe, Ball and La Marque also competing for region berths in boys and girls singles and doubles, and mixed doubles.
The Mustangs are in action on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, at the La Porte Invitational, and host Brazoswood at 3 p.m. on March 10 before taking off for spring break (March 12-20).
Friendswood returns at the Galveston Beachcombers Tournament on March 25-26 in a warm-up for district.
"Clear Falls has the favorite in boys singles (Krishna Jana), and Dawson has a bunch of kids who play well, and we're hoping to have a number of players who get out," Cook said. "We're playing in some tough events against (Class) 5A teams, and that will help make us better for district."
In 24-5A boys singles, Pearland senior Daniel Hernandez is expected to dominate the field along with Clear Lake junior Kevin Wang, and most coaches see those two in the district finals on April 8 in Alvin.
"They've beat each other in the past, so it will probably be another incredible battle that goes three sets," Clear Lake coach Tommy Heim said. "They are both outstanding players who just happen to be in the same district."
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