Written by Sean Lester
Highland Park advances to team tennis state finals
Scots beat SA Alamo Heights, 10-3, and will face Montgomery for title
MONTGOMERY — The weather tried its best to alter Highland Park’s 127-match win streak before and during Tuesday’s Class 4A semifinal at the UIL team tennis state tournament.
Originally scheduled for Monday in College Station, Highland Park took the courts Tuesday afternoon in Montgomery and beat San Antonio Alamo Heights, 10-3, to extend its winning streak to 128 matches.
The Scots (21-0) jumped out to a 6-1 lead after doubles play, winning all three girls matches, the mixed doubles match and two of three in boys doubles. With momentum on Highland Park’s side, the rain once again forced a delay.
“Coming out of the doubles up 6-1 we had a tremendous amount of momentum,” Highland Park coach Dan Holden said. “We had four girls matches on that we were handling pretty easily at the time. We were rolling pretty well then Mother Nature derailed us a little bit.”
The teams were moved to two covered courts during the delay, where Highland Park freshman Elizabeth Tedford beat Alamo Heights senior Marie Lutz in a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3) thriller.
“Elizabeth Tedford in the singles shut them down,” Holden said. “That would have been a very big match for Alamo Heights to win but she really did a great job in that tie breaker. [Lutz] was playing lights out. She is a senior and gave us her best shot. Elizabeth, a freshman, came in and outplayed her.”
The Scots clinched the match when Connor LaFavre defeated Jonah Candelario, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Highland Park will play the state championship match Wednesday at Baylor’s Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center at a time to be determined. The Scots will be looking for their 10th state title in 11 years and will take on Montgomery (24-2).
“It’s always good in the semis to have a tough test,” Holden said. “It sharpened our armor for tomorrow.”
UIL TEAM TENNIS STATE TOURNAMENT
New Braunfels d. Houston Memorial, 10-5
Montgomery d. Lubbock High, 10-4
Highland Park d. San Antonio Alamo Heights, 10-3
Henry Adams (Alamo Heights) d. Hunter Holman (Highland Park), 6-4, 6-4
Connor LaFavre (Highland Park) d. Jonah Candelario (Alamo Heights), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Henry Adams and Liam Crawley (Alamo Heights) d. Mac McCullough and Travis Rothwell (Highland Park), 6-3, 6-2
Hunter Holman and Tristin Stitt (Highland Park) d. Blake Batha and Jonah Candelario (Alamo Heights), 6-1, 7-5
Harrison Buford and Gardner Perotti (Highland Park) d. Mariano Ravelo and Xavier Sanga (Alamo Heights), 6-1, 6-2
Elizabeth Porter (Highland Park) d. Brittney Wilbur (Alamo Heights), 6-0, 6-0
Sarah Adams (Alamo Heights) d. Chandler Carter (Highland Park), 7-6 (5), 7-5
Elizabeth Tedford (Highland Park) d. Marie Lutz (Alamo Heights), 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3)
Madison Tedford (Highland Park) d. Solene Crawley (Alamo Heights), 6-1, 6-3
Elizabeth Porter and Madison Tedford (Highland Park) d. Sarah Adams and Marie Lutz (Alamo Heights), 6-3, 6-2
Chandler Carter and Elizabeth Tedford (Highland Park) d. Solene Crawley and Brittany Wilbur (Alamo Heights), 6-2, 6-1
Jennifer Mee and Elizabeth Burgos (Highland Park) d. Cami Kempf and Breahna Menchaca (Alamo Heights), 6-1, 6-0
Connor LaFavre and Margo Taylor (Highland Park) d. Ethan Carlson and Sara Thompson (Alamo Heights), 6-2, 6-0
Montgomery (24-2) vs. Highland Park (21-0)
Wednesday at Baylor’s
indoor facility, time TBA