Devine runners-up at Knippa Rockcrusher tournament

Devine tennis team, with three varsity players, were outscored 88 pts behind Knippa with the score of 92 pts to win their home tournament title. Seven JV players brought home medals for Devine. Arabian Girls Doubles duo Madi Mohr/JoJo Villanueva placed 1st; Kylee Saunders placed 3rd in Girls Singles; Mixed Doubles team of Emily Breiten/Justin Rozier placed 3rd, Boys Double DJ Dzierzanowski/Isaiah Rejino won the Boys Doubles Consolation bracket.
Devine Varsity Arabians took 1st in Girls Singles and Girls Doubles. Brooke Runyan won five matches only giving her opponents 3 games. Runyan beat M. Starkweather of Comstock HS to win the gold medal in Girls Singles. Arabians Malvin Flores/Laurel Spannagel placed 1st in Girls Doubles, only allowing their opponents to win 10 games in 5 matches. They beat Avila/Layne of Knippa in the championship match.
Devine’s Mixed Doubles teams once again captured 1st and 2nd place. Preslee Quisenberry/Toby Ramos were able to win the championship match in two very close, hard fought sets against their teammates Scarlett Smith/Ralph Rios. Both teams were very impressive and fun to watch compete.
Warhorse Jake Harrell had a tough Boys Singles draw. He won his first two matches then fell to Knippa’s D. Esquivel in the semi-finals. Harrell then lost to Brackettville’s T. Edwards, earning 4th place. Warhorse Ceaden Alvarez played singles as well. His usual doubles partner was out due to illness. Alvarez also had a tough draw losing two which do not allow him to advance in tournament. Ryan Castro lost his first round, putting him in the consolation bracket. Castro ended up playing it out and winning consolation. Warhorse Boys Doubles team Denton Zuercher/Aidan Hildenbrand won their first round, then lost their second match, so they were not able to advance in the tournament.
“We are looking forward to the tough competition this next weekend at Uvalde’s Pre-District Tournament. There will be 19 teams from all around Texas ready to battle it out over two days of competitive tennis. We will turn right around two days later and complete in the District 29AAAA Tennis Tournament, Monday and Tuesday, April 1-2 in Uvalde.”