Uvalde Small But Mighty tennis tournament

Last weekend at the Uvalde Small but Mighty Tennis Tournament, Devine’s tennis team had a great showing including Brooke Runyan as the Girls Singles Champ. Devine also brought home three 2nd places, one 4th, two 5ths, one 6th, one 7th, and a consolation win. Devine earned 4th place out of the 17 teams competing there. Up next for the tennis team is another tournament in Uvalde this weekend and then in San Marcos February 28th.
Brooke Runyan – Girls Singles Tournament Champ; Runyan played three matches, only giving up 3 games in the tournament. She had a bye then defeated Del Rio, Knippa and McCollum to win the Girls Singles Gold medal.
Jake Harrell/Caeden Alvarez – 2nd place Boys #1 Doubles; Seniors Harrell/Alvarez teamed up this week and won 2nd place medals. They defeated Del Rio, Ingram and Eagle Pass Winn before falling to a talented Uvalde duo in a very exciting tie-breaker for the match.
Malvin Flores/Laurel Spannagel – 2nd Place Girls #1 Doubles; Flores/Spannagel won their first three matches against Madisonville, Eagle Pass Winn, and Ingram. They were defeated by Hondo in the finals match losing in a tie-breaker.
Aidan Hildenbrand/Cameron English – 4th Place #1 Mixed Doubles; Hildenbrand/English beat Crystal City and Eagle Pass Winn before losing to a tough Knippa team. Saturday they played for 3rd place but came up short losing a tie-breaker to McCollum.
Johnathon Gelinas – Consolation Boys #1 Singles; Lost to Uvalde, defeated Somerset, Bandera, and Hondo to win Consolation medal.
Karma Herring –5th place Girls #2 Singles; Herring won her first match against Uvalde Classical Academy, then lost to Hondo. She came back and won her next 2 matches against Bandera and Del Rio to win 5th place in Girls Singles #2
Danelly Rodriguez/Jordan Erxleben – 5th Place Girls #2 Doubles; This doubles team had a bye, then lost to Madisonville and Somerset. On Saturday they won 5th place defeating a team from Knippa.
JoJo Villanueva/Madi Mohr – 6th Place Girls #2 Doubles; Villanueva/Mohr beat Knippa, then lost to Hondo, but came up with a win against Carrizo Springs. This team was unable to finish the tournament due to illness, giving them 6th place.
Corwin Flores/Kylee Saunders – 7th Place #2 Mixed Doubles; This duo had a small bracket and only had three matches. They lost to Uvalde, then beat Crystal City, then lost to an experienced Ingram team, giving them 7th place.
“Uvalde always hosts a great tournament. The tennis athletes competed well this weekend, playing smarter with each match. Next weekend will be a great test of our progress. We will be back in Uvalde competing against 18 other teams from across the state, most being 5A and 6A schools. Lots of work still to be done.” Coach Melanie Sostarich
Dicy Chambers/Melanie Sostarich