The Needville High School tennis team and head coach Allison Rouse traveled to the Brazosport tennis tournament at the end of March.
The Blue Jays earned five more medals, as all players demonstrated high levels of sportsmanship and gamesmanship. The results are as follows:
In the 13-player girls’ singles draw, Hannah Hahn was absent, so Raquel Sandoval and Bailey Malone stepped up to represent Needville.
Sandoval had a bye the first round. In the quarter-finals, she had an exciting match, but heartbreaking loss to Angleton 3-6, 6-3.
Moving into the Consolation round, Sandoval demonstrated her dominance by beating Brazoswood 8-2 in the quarters.
In the semis versus Sweeny, she posted another solid victory 8-1. In the Consolation final, Sandoval won by default, receiving a medal for her efforts.
Bailey Malone beat another Brazoswood player 6-1, 7-5. Then she ran into a tough opponent from El Campo, losing 4-6, 2-6.
The boys’ singles draw, also, had a 13-player field. Needville No. 1, Hayden Hahn posted a solid win in his first round against Brazosport, 6-2, 6-2.
In the quarter-final round, Hahn fell to Angleton No. 1, 0-6, 0-6. Needville teammate Jaden Watson received a bye when a Brazoswood player was not at the tourney.
In the quarter-finals, Watson posted a thrilling victory over Lamar Consolidated 4-6, 6-0.
Then Watson ran into Sweeny No. 1 in the semis, losing 0-6, 0-6. Playing short sets for the playback for third, Watson lost 0-4, 0-4 to Angleton No. 1.
Moving on to the girls’ doubles bracket of nine teams, the dynamite duo of Devany Garza and Remy Roark brought home third place medals. En route, they dominated against Lamar Consolidated 6-1, 6-1.
Then in the semi-finals, they were defeated by Brazoswood 2-6, 4-6. Finally, in the playback for third place, Garza/Roark were victorious over Alvin in an exciting close exhibition of tactics 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, [STB 10-8].
Needville No. 2 was a new combo of Liz Rosales and Lilly Slawinski. In their first round, they lost a competitive contest in a super-tiebreaker 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), [STB 12-14]. In consolation, Rosales/Slawinski fell to another Brazoswood team 0-6, 3-6.
In a competitive 12-team boys’ doubles bracket, Needville teammates Jared Taylor and Tyler Wleczyk had a bye in the first round.
In the quarter-final round, they lost to Angleton No. 2 2-6, 1-6. Moving into Consolation, they posted a solid win over Alvin 6-3, 6-3.
On a roll, they beat El Campo 6-2, 6-3. In the consolation final, Taylor/Wleczyk were defeated in a tough battle against another El Campo team 3-6, 4-6. Needville teammates Dawson Atkinson and Hunter Wright fell to Brazosport 1-6, 3-6.
Upon entering Consolation, they lost a fiercely competitive battle 3-6, 6-3, [STB 3-10] to the El Campo team who won Consolation.
Needville tandem Seth Slawinski and Sofia Orellana secured third Place medals in a 13 team mixed doubles draw.
On their journey, they had a first round bye. In the quarter-final round, they dominated with a solid win over Brazosport No. 2 6-0, 6-0.
In the semis, Slawinski/Orellana lost to Brazoswood No. 1 2-6, 1-6. Finally, in the playback for 3rd Place, they were victorious 6-2, 6-3.