Devine dominates the courts in District 29-4A tournament

Front row: Tristan Woods, Jaime Garza, Colton Bean, Abbie Capps, Julia Harrell, and Ariel Lopez. Middle row: Ralph Rios, Chloe Serafin, Lydia Zapata, Scarlett Smith, Preslee Quisenberry, and Lindsey Spannagel. Back row: Caeden Alvarez, Mason Zenon, Jake Harrell, and Toby Ramos. More photos available in our online gallery!

Fourteen individuals will be competing in the Region IV 4A Tennis Tournament in Corpus Christi on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18-19.
Unlike all the other sports, tennis is only allowed to advance the first two places in each division. Devine was able to win the 1 and 2 spot in every division, except boys singles!
Mixed Doubles
1st place, Jaime Garza/Abbie Capps beat Trevino/Martinez (Pearsall) 6-0,6-0,Guerrero/Gallegos (Carrizo Springs) 6-2,6-1 to make it to the final round where they had a great match against their teammates Tristan Woods/Julia Harrell, 6-4,6-3. “The score of this match is not at all representative of the intense play shown by both teams. Many great points were played out and their games often went to deuce over and over again. Both of these teams will do well at the Regional tournament”. Woods/Harrell had a bye the first round and then beat Galvan/Smith (CS) 6-0,6-0, before losing to the their teammates to take 2nd place. Woods/Harrell had to play a “Playback” match against Guerrerro/Gallegos (CS). In tennis, if the 2nd place team has not played the 3rd place team, you have to play each other for the 2nd place title.
Woods/Harrell had no trouble hanging on to 2nd place beating them 6-2,6-0.
Girls Doubles
1st place, Ariel Lopez/Preslee Quisenberry had a bye in the first round, then beat Flores/Jimenez (Crystal City) 6-0,6-1. Once again their final round of play was against their teammates. The 2nd place team of Lydia Zapata/Scarlett Smith beat Alva/Torres (P) 6-1,6-3 and Escamilla/Flores (CC) 6-3,6-1 before losing to Quisenberry/Lopez in a very close match. Both teams wanted to take that 1st place medal and really worked hard. Quisenberry /Lopez finally won in two sets, 7-5,6-4.
Girls Singles
1st place, Lindsey Spannagel dominated the girls singles matches, only losing 6 games the entire tournament. Spannagel beat Vanessa Clontz (Lytle) 6-0,6-0,and Ivy Lopez (CC) 6-2,6-2, before beating her teammate Chloe Serafin in the final match, 6-1,6-1. 2nd place, Chloe Serafin had a good showing as well beating Annalisa Diaz (CC) 6-0, 6-0, and Katrina John (CS)6-2,6-4, then lost to Spannagel in the final match. However, once again Devine was forced into another “Playback” match where Serafin beat Ivy Lopez (CC) 6-2,6-1 to keep her 2nd place medal.
Boys Doubles
1st place, Toby Ramos/Jake Harrell beat Morales/Chavez 6-1,7-5 (CS) and Perez/Patino (CC) 6-3,6-2 before playing their teammates, Bean/Zenon, beating them 6-2, 6-4.
2nd place, Colton Bean/Mason Zenon beat Diaz/Castillano (CS) 6-2, 6-3, Ruis/Pena (CC) 6-0,6-1 before losing to Rios/Harrell of Devine.
Mason Zenon did a great job stepping in for Ralph Rios who had to sit out due to an injury. Once again, Devine had to compete in a “Playback” against Crystal City’s team of Patino/Perez. Bean/Zenon held on to their 2nd place title as well, winning 6-5,6-1.
Boys Singles
Freshman Caeden Alvarez had a tough opening match against Austin Lopez (CS) losing 2-6,1-6. Lopez went on to win 2nd place. Caeden did a great job moving the ball around, but Lopez had quite a bit more experience.
Mason Zenon was originally entered to play in the boys singles division. He was moved to boys doubles to replace a teammate that is out due to an injury.
“A big thanks to our awesome parents, administration and my assistant coach Julie Oropeza. Thanks to Kandi Darnell who served as our tournament director and our ADs Chad Quisenberry and Terri Wells for believing in and supporting the tennis program. I also want to thank KK Calame for doing such a great job of giving our students the coverage and acknowledgment they so deserve every week, said Coach Melanie Sostarich.”
“What a great tournament. I am so very proud of everyone, both JV and Varsity. It was so exciting to see every court filled with Devine on the final day. The kid’s met their goal and who knows what will happen at Regionals.”