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H.S. tennis notebook: Highland Park veteran LaFavre moves in reach of seventh state title
Connor LaFavre is no stranger to the UIL tennis state tournament. Making his eighth appearance, the Highland Park senior has a chance at a seventh state Class 4A title Tuesday at Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin.
LaFavre and his boys doubles partner, Hunter Holman, made quick work of their opponents Monday afternoon with a pair of straight-set victories. They defeated Brad Henkelman and Brycen Boyd of Montgomery in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-2, and Ryan Howell and Erik Meendsen of Aledo, 6-1, 6-1, in the semis.
LaFavre won the mixed doubles title the last two seasons and owns four team gold medals.
Sophomore takes delay in stride: When Chandler Carter’s opponent, Houston Stratford’s Kaylin Kruseman, took a medical timeout midway through the second set of their 4A girls singles semifinal, the Highland Park sophomore thought her day might be done.
Kruseman had thrown up during the 15-minute delay and appeared woozy. But Kruseman battled Carter defiantly, grabbing momentum and forcing a tiebreaker.
“I had to put it all behind me and focus on the next point,” said Carter, who went on to win the tiebreaker and the match, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Plano West duo shines: Junior Alahna Reto and sophomore Tiffany Hollebeck of Plano West have played doubles together only for a year, but it doesn’t show.
The pair rolled to the 5A girls doubles final with two straight-sets victories. Reto said that she and Hollebeck were just “doing what we do” in earning their first finals appearance, against Courtney Wright and Nousha Nowamooz of Houston Memorial.
First appearance at state, first final: Richland’s Riley Reeves finished third in regionals as a freshman, just missing the cutoff for state. One year later, the sophomore will play for the 5A girls singles title after losing only five games total in two matches Monday.
Frisco Lone Star tandem reaches final: Freshman Abhishek Dayal and sophomore Cheryl Wright of Frisco Lone Star advanced to the mixed doubles final at Texas A&M’s George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, where the Class A, 2A and 3A competition is taking place.
The Lone Star duo lost only one game in their semifinal win over Price Carpenter and Hailey Wilson of Burnet.
Madison standout falls: Madison freshman Bradley Loftis fell short in his bid to become the first Dallas ISD state tennis champion in 85 years. He lost in the 3A quarterfinals to Robinson’s Jacob Wingate 6-2, 7-5.
Special contributor Sean Lester contributed to this report.