The competition began with 7 doubles matches. Devine proved to be too much for the Hondo Owls, winning 6 of those 7 matches.
Arabian #1 doubles team, Smith/Runyan won in two sets, while the #2 doubles team, Elias/Spannagel split sets and won in a long and exciting tie breaker of 10-7. Breiten/Villanueva played hard but came up short losing in two sets.
All three Warhorse doubles teams defeated Hondo. #2 doubles team Alvarez/Zenon won in two very tight scoring sets. The #3 doubles team Barron/Zuercher also won in two sets with the second set going to a tie breaker. The longest match of the evening was the #1 doubles match of Rios/Harrell.
Schulte/Twiligear are very talented opponents. Rios/Harrell split sets, losing the first set 5-7, only to come back and win the second set 7-5, forcing their opponents into a very exciting tie breaker, which they won 10-6.
Quisenberry/Ramos also won their mixed doubles match in two sets, giving Devine the 6-1 lead.
Arabian players Brooke Runyan and Preslee Quisenberry won their singles matches in two quick sets. Bella Elias and Madi Mohr lost their singles matches in two sets. Scarlett Smith played a long hard battle, splitting sets and playing a tie breaker for the match. Even her tie breaker was close, losing 9-11. JoJo Villanueva was unable to finish her match due to loss of daylight and poor lighting.
Warhorses Toby Ramos and Brian Schaefer won their matches in two quick sets. Freshman, Brian Schaefer actually won the 10th match for the team to complete the victory over Hondo.
On the courts still were Jake Harrell and Ralph Rios. Since their doubles match lasted so long and Devine already had their 10 wins, these top two players did not get to finish their singles matches.
In team tennis, the contest is actually over when one of the teams wins 10 matches. Most schools, however, try to finish and allow everyone to play. The poor lighting at the courts did not allow us to finish the last three matches.
“The Arabians and Warhorses competed very well. Once again, they were able to win the close matches. Teams that are physically and mentally tough win the long, exhausting matches. This seems to be an area that we have really improved in. Every match counts in Team Tennis, so the #6 player is just as important as the #1 player. It is very much a team effort. So very proud of them.”
Devine will begin playoffs with a bye for Bi-District. Their Area opponent will be determined after bi-district matches are completed on Oct 16th.
Arabian Doubles: 2 wins – Scarlett Smith/Brooke Runyan vs. Jones/Gruber 6-1, 7-5; Caitlyn Breiten/JoJo Villanueva vs. Everett/Reus 2-6, 1-6; Bella Elias/Laurel Spannagel vs. Solis/Neuman 6-1 ,4-6,(10-7) tie breaker*.
Warhorse Doubles: 3 wins – Ralph Rios/Jake Harrell vs. Schulte/Twiligear 5-7, 7-5, (10-6) tie breaker*; Caeden Alvarez/Mason Zenon vs. Alvarado/Bendele 7-5, 6-4; Jacob Barron/Denton Zuercher vs. Windrow/Melton 6-2,7-6 (7-3).
Mixed Doubles: 1 win – Preslee Quisenberry/Toby Ramos vs. Fuente/Alexis 6-0, 6-1.
Arabian Singles: 2 wins – #1 Brooke Runyan vs. H. Jones 6-0, 6-4; #2 Preslee Quisenberry vs. M. Grueber 6-1, 6-1; 3 losses – #3 Scarlett Smith vs. M. Everett 6-7(5-7),6-1, (9-11) tie breaker*; #4 Isabella Elias vs. C. Reus 3-6, 4-6; #5 Madi Mohr vs. C. Solis 3-6, 2-6; #6 JoJo Villanueva did not finish.
Warhorse Singles: 2 wins – #3 Toby Ramos vs. D.Alvarado 6-1, 6-1; #6 Brian Schaefer vs. H. Melton 6-0, 6-2; 2 losses – #4 Caeden Alvarez vs. B.Bendele 4-6, 2-6; #5 Mason Zenon vs. Z. Windrow 3-6, 3-6; #1 Jake Harrell vs. R. Schulte – did not finish; #2 Ralph Rios vs. P. Twilligear – did not finish.