LUBBOCK – The Abilene High girls won six of nine matches to lead the Eagles to a 10-6 victory over Amarillo Tascosa in a Region I-5A bi-district playoff tennis match Tuesday at Monterey High School.
Holland Wiggins, Taylor Nevitt, Allie Dunn and Cynthia Grace Darby each won in girls singles, all in straight sets, while Darby and Nevitt pulled out a three-set victory at No. 2 girls doubles. Caelan Babarick and Zoe Barrett also won a three-set thriller at No. 3 girls doubles.
Liam Finley and Dunn won their mixed doubles match in straight sets for the Eagles, who ranked No. 17 in the Texas Tennis Coaches Association’s Class 5A state poll.
Noah Morris and Luke Padon won at Nos. 2 and 3 boys singles, and they teamed up to nab AHS’ lone win in boys doubles.
“I knew it was going to be a dogfight, and these kids rose to the occasion,” AHS coach Stacy Bryan said.
Babarick and Barrett’s win at No. 3 girls doubles snapped a 3-3 tie. AHS was up 9-6, when Darby ended the match with her win.
“The girls just keep getting better and better,” Bryan said. “They really stepped up today. It was a total team effort.”
AHS (19-5) plays El Paso Parkland at 1:30 pm Friday in a second-round playoff match at Bush Tennis Center in Midland.
REGION I-5A BI-DISTRICT PLAYOFF
Abilene High 10, Amarillo Tascosa 6
BOYS SINGLES – Ethan Ruppaner, Tascosa, def. Griffin Sullivan 6-3, 6-2; Tucker Haynes, Tascosa, def. Ben Neie 6-3, 3-6, 10-8; Noah Morris, AHS, def. Stephen Welch 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 11-9; Luke Padon, AHS, def. Samuel Caviness 6-4, 6-4.
DOUBLE BOYS – Ruppaner/Welch, Tascosa, def. Sullivan/Neie 6-3, 6-3; Morris/Padon, AHS, def. Caviness/Marsden Harris 6-2, 7-6 (7-4); Haynes/Colin Reid, Tascosa, def. Juan DelaPaz/Garrison Scoggin 6-2, 6-0.
GIRLS SINGLES – Bradly Brown, Tascosa, def. Riley Crowe 6-1, 6-4; Holland Wiggins, AHS, def. Taegan Burns 6-4, 6-2; Taylor Nevitt, AHS, def. Avery Mathers 6-1, 6-1; Allie Dunn, AHS, def. Emmie Rush 6-1, 6-1; Cynthia Grace Darby, AHS, def. Beth Everett 6-3, 6-4.
DOUBLE GIRLS – Brown/Everett, Tascosa, def. Wiggins/Crowe 4-6, 6-1, 10-5; Darby/Nevitt, AHS, def. Burns/Mathers 6-0, 2-6, 10-7; Caelan Babarick/Zoe Barrett, AHS, def. Rush/Catherine Ladd 7-5, 4-6, 12-10.
MIXED DOUBLES – Liam Finley/Dunn, AHS, def. Smith/Hands 6-2, 6-3.
RECORD- Abilene High 19-5; Amarillo Tascosa n/a.
No. 1 Wylie rolls past Amarillo Palo Duro
At Lubbock, No. 1-ranked Wylie swept Amarillo Palo Duro 19-0 in its Region I-5A playoff opener at Lubbock High.
“The kids were fired up today about starting the playoffs,” Wylie coach Mark Hathorn said. “I think we played well. When you get through as tough of a district as we have, you are ready for anything.”
Wylie, a state finalist last year, is seeking his first 5A state title after winning three as UIL 4A squad (2017-16, 2014).
Dallas Highland Park beat the Bulldogs in the 5A state finals last year and 2018 by scores of 10-2 and 11-1.
Wylie (23-1) plays El Paso Chapin at 9 am Friday in a second-round match at Midland High.
A victory would likely set up a rematch with No. 2 Amarillo High in the third round. The Sandies beat Wylie 10-5 and 10-4 in the playoffs in 2020 and 2019.
REGION I-5A BI-DISTRICT PLAYOFF
Wylie 19, Amarillo Palo Duro 0
BOYS SINGLES – Trevor Short, Wylie, def. Polia Htoo 6-0, 6-1; Connor Brown, Wylie, def. Jesus Teposte 6-1, 6-1; Marshall McPherson, Wylie, def. Jerry Phan 6-0, 6-1; Brandon Cowling, Wylie, def. Jeremiah Tep 6-0, 6-1; Dillon Muckatira, Wylie, def. Nay Wah 6-0, 6-1; Grant Bristow, Wylie, def. Yahir Tor-Bonilla 8-2.
DOUBLE BOYS – Short/Bristow, Wylie, def. Htoo/Tep 6-2, 6-0; McPherson/Brown, Wylie, def. Phan/Teposte 6-2, 6-1; B. Cowling/Muckatira, Wylie, def. Wah/Toro-Bonilla 6-1, 6-1.
GIRLS SINGLES – Carly Bontke, Wylie, def. Set Moo 6-0, 6-0; Kate Delgado, Wylie, def. Ly Thao Trinh 6-0, 6-1; Stealey Crousen, Wylie, def. Easter Hsasay 6-1, 6-0; Suhejla Qinami, Wylie, def. Karen Ramos 6-1, 6-0; Kindall Alford, Wylie, def. Lea Tran 6-1, 6-0; Truleigh Conover, Wylie, def. Htee Hsee 8-0.
DOUBLE GIRLS – Bontke/Qinami, Wylie, def. Moo/Ramos 6-0, 6-0; Crousen/Conover, Wylie, def. Hsasay/Trinh 6-0, 6-0; Alford/Lyndsey Ayala, Wylie, def. Htoo/Tran 6-1, 6-0.
MIXED DOUBLES – Steven Cowling/Delgado, Wylie, def. Htoo/Hsee 6-1, 6-0.
RECORD- Wylie 23-1; Amarillo Palo Duro n/a.