In just one of the most dominant shows in UIL team tennis history, Westwood rolled to its third Course 6A point out championship in the earlier five years with a 10- victory around Houston Memorial on Thursday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Middle on the Texas A&M campus in School Station.
Westwood became the first faculty to gain a championship duel without the need of supplying up a point due to the fact Abilene Wylie gained the Course 4A title in 2017. The Warriors are also the initially team in the state’s major classification to earn a state title by shutout due to the fact the UIL expanded the staff tennis scoring program further than a few points for a victory in 1986.
“This was a full staff work,” Westwood mentor Travis Dalrymple reported. “From our greatest gamers all the way down to our guys cheering and finding h2o, these young ones love every single other and have experienced each other’s backs from working day a single. I explained to them right before state I didn’t care if we received, for the reason that the way they done on their own and worked as a device, I realized we experienced already won.”
Westwood (21-1) absolutely seemed like a properly-oiled unit in the two-day state tournament. Just after avenging their only decline of the season with a 10-1 gain in excess of Southlake Carroll in Wednesday’s condition semifinal, the Warriors squandered minimal time in seizing a speedy direct versus Memorial (17-1).
In boys doubles action, Westwood’s Marko Mesarovic and Aadhi Raja defeated Chase Scholz and Egor Morozov 6-4, 6-1. Sibi Raja and Leon Chen conquer Bardo Bucknell and Britton Buckingham 6-3, 6-2 and Aditya Paravasthuramesh and Finnegan Tankersley topped Nate Raney and Christo Langford 6-4, 6-2.
Westwood’s ladies ended up just as effective even though sweeping Memorial. Kinaa Graham teamed with Simryn Jacob to conquer Sofia Mazzucato and Tara Ahmadi 6-2, 6-4. Anwi Duduka and Dana Kardonik topped Huntley Buckingham and Kat Lowy 6-3, 6-3 and Alex Mepham and Janya Tellabati held on for a 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 get towards Paige Pesek and Ava Annino.
Westwood’s mixed doubles staff of Gina Mepham and Daniel Zhang, who dropped their team’s lone point in the semifinals, rallied for a 6-7, 6-2, 10-3 victory in opposition to Alejandro Ventura and Grace Vulliez in the finals.
“The young ones were being completely ready to perform mentally and physically, and they took care of small business,” Dalrymple mentioned. “It often assists to have a more quickly semifinal but (Southlake Carroll) did give us a struggle and created us get paid it.”
Westwood’s dominance in doubles established up a coronation in the course of singles opposition. Mesarovic, a Clemson pledge, defeated Scholz 6-4, 6-2 to declare the 1st position in singles action. Graham, who is fully commited to LSU, upped Westwood’s lead to 9- with her 6-2, 6- get in excess of Mazzucato. Jacob capped the title with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Annino.
Mesarovic and Graham, who have every received state titles through spring competitiveness in their prep occupations, joined Raja, Jacob, Alex Mepham, Gina Mepham and Kardonik as members of Westwood’s 2020 title crew. The Warriors also won the 2018 championship.
“Marko and Kinaa are two of the all-time greats in all of Texas,” Dalrymple explained. “(We’re) extremely fortunate to have them a element of the plan and building everyone close to them superior. They are amazingly really hard workers and are always locked in. Our team sees their and Raja’s management, their tone and embodies it. Our mantra the full period has been ‘bring the warmth,’ and these little ones did it working day in and working day out.”
While Westwood’s tennis workforce will have a likelihood to add much more hardware to an already crowded trophy scenario in the spring, Dalrymple stated he and his gamers will consider time to celebrate their historic get.
“Just an unbelievable second for this group,” he mentioned. “I enjoy viewing all the smiling faces throughout the night time 10- in the point out finals is unheard of and these children achieved it. I’m proud to be their coach, not just because of how they performed, but due to the fact of who they are.”
In Course 5A motion, LASA (10-5) fell to eventual state champion Amarillo 11- in Wednesday’s semifinal. The Raptors, in their 2nd time as a plan, competed in their initially state tournament.