Tennis tournament survives rain
However, the skies cleared and the tournament played on, according to coach Larry DeWitt.
In boys’ doubles, Port Aransas players John Eggleston and Chris Collins “displayed composure and great teamwork,” according to DeWitt, in the defeating Sinton’s boys’ doubles team of Gonzalez and Martinez with a hard fought 8-6 victory in the first round.
Eggleston’s brother, Chris, and Matt Fries, not to be outdone by their elder fellow Marlins, made their varsity tennis debut by defeating Leal and Ramirez from Refugio with the identical score of 8-6.
The Eggleston brothers battled each other in the quarter-finals along with their respective partners, Chris Collins (John’s) and Matt Fries (Chris’). The elder duo of Chris Collins and John Eggleston prevaile, 8-3. Collins and John Eggleston then had an intense semi-final match with Lisario and Allen of Sinton, losing 8-4. The Port Aransas team then played for third place, losing 6-3, 6-2 to Mayers and Steel of Refugio in a match that was closer than the score indicates.
They were defeated in the next round by Mayers and Steel of Refugio, the eventual third place winners, 8-0.
PAHS’ Emily Klein “had an outstanding serving day with a consistent first serve and few double faults,” DeWitt said, as she placed third in the girls’ singles getting a bye and default in the first two rounds before losing a wellplayed match to second place winner Shelby Hathorn of John Paul II, 8-4. In a match for third place, Klein played a competitive match but was defeated by Aransas Pass’ Brittani Cox, 6-1, 6-2.
Port Aransas’ Mamta Patel, playing in her first tournament match ever, “showed great composure and concentration,” according to her coach, in a match that was deceiving by its score as she was defeated by Brittani Cox of Aransas Pass, 8-0.
Port Aransas’ Savanah Gulliot and Fallon Zollars showed great teamwork in playing their first tournament together. They were defeated by eventual champions, Bradley and Dromgole of Aransas Pass 8-1 in another match that was closer than the score indicated.
Port Aransas’ Jessica Borden and Nazmi Sayed, also playing in their first tournament together. played a good match before being defeated by Hernandez and Preston of Refugio.
Port Aransas’ Kasey Reed continues to get stronger at every tournament.
“Kasey had an outstanding tournament,” DeWitt said, placing second to state Class 3A qualifier Greg Gilmore of Aransas Pass.
“Kasey had the upper hand in the category of powerful forehand ground strokes. Gilmore, however used his finesse and experience in tough matches to prevail 6-3, 6-4,” DeWitt said.
In earlier rounds, Reed defeated Cody Schroeder of Sinton, 8-2 Stephen Ballien of John Paul II High School in the quarter-finals, 8-4 and then came from behind, 0-3, to win a stirring victory over Solis of Aransas Pass, 8-6 in the semi-finals.