Devine Tennis does great at Uvalde Varsity Tournament

The Devine Varsity Tennis Team traveled to Uvalde for their opening tournament.
Despite missing several varsity teammates, due to basketball, they were able to place 5th out of 16 teams. Four of our varsity players were able to win medals while enduring cold temperatures Friday and a two hour rain delay on Saturday.
“Our kids did such a good job. They worked hard and never quit,” said Coach Melanie Sostarich. “I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. My goal is to improve our skills every week, play and win as many matches as we can and win the District Tournament.”
Returning for the Warhorses this season are Tristan Woods, Jaime Garza, Ralph Rios, Colton Bean, and Toby Ramos.
Toby Ramos played singles losing his first match in a tie breaker to L. Gonzalez of Laredo Martin (1-6, 6-0, 8-10). Ramos was able to win his next match against I. Perez from Ingram (8-6). The next two matches proved to be much tougher, losing to R. DeLos Santos (2-8) and K. Smith (2-8).
Senior Tristan Woods started with a tough Single’s match losing to a talented player, J. Esparza from Laredo-Nixon (5-7, 6-3, 5-10). Woods beat his next two opponents, A. Soto (8-6) and Hernandez (9-7) to advance and win the Consolation title against K. Gonzalez of Laredo Martin (8-2).
Jaime Garza and Ralph Rios claimed 2nd place. Their first match Friday morning was an easy win against Solis/Hernandez from Laredo Cigarroa (6-0, 6-2). After a long wait, Garza/Rios beat Dalrymple/Perez of Uvalde (7-5, 6-4). Saturday morning, Garza/Rios were down by 2 games but came back after a 2 hour rain delay to beat Kamath/Chavez of El Paso Chapin in a tie breaker (8-8, 10-5). The finalmatch proved to be too tough and they lost against a very experienced and talented SA Warren team of Romero/Carbajal (0-6, 1-6).
Returning for the Arabian Varsity are Ariel Lopez, Julia Harrell, Preslee Quisenberry, Lydia Zapata, Lindsey Spannagel, Chloe Serafin, and Abbie Capps. Several of these ladies are still playing basketball.
Chloe Serafin lost her first match in a tie breaker to A. Gomez of El Paso Hanks (2-6, 7-5, 2-10). She had an easy ride to the Consolation match beating M. Elder of Uvalde (8-3) and J. Medellion of SA Memorial (8-1). Serafin lost to M. Rios of Ingram (5-8) in the Consolation match giving her 10th place.
Lindsey Spannagel and Lydia Zapata played doubles winning their first two matches. They beat Cervants/Villanueva (6-2, 6-2) of El Paso Hanks and Prado/Garcia (6-0, 6-0) of Laredo Martin.
They lost their semi-finals round in a close match, losing the tie breaker (8-8, 7-10). Zapata/Spannagel won their 3rd place match against Tambua/Morgan of El Paso Chapin (6-4, 6-2).
Senior Abbie Capps played very well earning a 1st place in the Girl’s Singles. Capps had two easy matches on Friday defeating S. Medellin of Laredo Cigarroa (6-0, 6-0) and L. Beal of SA Warren (6-3, 6-0).
Saturday morning Capps was down 2-5 when we had to stop for a rain delay. She came back and won that match against C. Dietze of El Paso Hanks in a tie breaker (8-8, 10-2). Capps won an awesome finals match against A. Flood of Laredo Nixon with a score of 6-4, 6-3 to earn 1st place.
Freshmen Warhorses
Freshmen Malvin Flores and Mason Zenon had a great start to their first high school tournament. Flores/Zenon came away with an impressive 5th place in Mixed Doubles. Zenon was a beast on the net while Flores was consistent and smart at placing her shots. They defeated Medellin/Hernandez from Laredo Cigarroa (6-4, 6-4) and lost then lost to Vasquez/Say (3-6, 6-3, 7-10). Flores/Zenon were able to win their final two matches against Moreno/Garcia of Uvalde (8-4) and Olivares/Cruz of SA Warren (6-2, 6-4) to win 5th place.
Devine will play in the Edison Tournament this weekend February 10&11 at McFarlin Tennis Center in San Antonio.

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