For the fourth time in five seasons, the Thrall tennis team made a strong showing at the regionals held at the HEB Tennis Center in Corpus Christi on Monday and Tuesday. Despite having only pair advancing to the state meet this week, Coach Brenda Graham said the team made had a solid tournament.
Advancing to state as alternates are Stephen Graham and Sydney Branson in mixed doubles. They will play if either mixed doubles team from Mason cannot play.
Graham and Branson defeated doubles teams from Ben Bolt and Schulenburg to reach the semifinals. But the pair dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to eventual regional champions Jerrry Zermeno and Chainey Weitz from Mason, moving them into the third-place match. There they beat Madison Kalina and Brock Young of Shiner 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) and earned a playback for a chance to finish second.
In the playback match, Branson and Stephen Graham faced off against Mason’s other mixed doubles team, with similar results. The pair from Mason won 6-0, 6-1 to secure second place in region and a berth in the state tournament scheduled for May 20-21 at Texas A&M University.
In girls doubles action, Bree Tretter and Aubrey Shuttles won their opening round match 6-0, 6-1 over Kary Piles and Kaya Piles of Sabinal. But, in the second round the Thrall pair dropped a 6-3, 6-4 match to Shiner’s Jayme Kurtz and Lilli Steen ending Tretter and Shuttles’ season. In order to have a chance a playback match a team has to reach the semifinals.
The Tigers’ other regional entry was the boys doubles team consisting of Cooper Dube and Billy Renfro. They dropped a 6-2, 6-3 match to Jayden Carson and Caden Chrismon of Shiner in the opening round.