Friday, May 9, 2014

State Tennis Results & Track Meet

Memorial High School’s Ciro Lampasas and Sam Giammalva won the UIL 5A Boys Doubles title on April 29 during the annual state tennis tournament held in Austin.  View photo gallery here >>

Memorial High School’s Ciro Lampasas and Sam Giammalva won the UIL 5A Boys Doubles title on April 29 during the annual state tennis tournament held in Austin.

Three district runners, meanwhile, have qualified for the state UIL Track & Field competitions that will be held this weekend (May 9-10) a the University of Texas in Austin.

In state tennis, the Memorial boys defeated Dillon Pineda and Josh McKinney of north Texas’ Allen High School 6-2, 7-6 (3) in final competition play.

“It’s a great experience to actually play here and then win it,” Giammalva told Houston Chronicle writer Joe Harrington. “We’ve had some ups and downs, but overall, (the state tournament) has been pretty good.”

Memorial High’s girls doubles team of Nousha Nowamooz and Courtney Wright ended the season as state finalists, falling to Tiffany Hollebeck and Alahna Reto 6-3, 6-2, according to the newspaper.

The 5A high school had state quarterfinalists in mixed doubles and boys doubles.

Stratford High tennis coach Rory Frazee reports that senior Kaylin Kruseman and junior Josh Holloway qualified for state after winning Region III-4A singles titles. The two went to state last year in mixed doubles after they won district and region mixed double championships.

According to her coach, Kruseman set a SBISD record for tennis players by being the first four-time state qualifier who competed in three different divisions of play – girls doubles, mixed doubles and girls singles.

She is a four-time district and regional champion, and a four-time, 1st Team All-District and two-time, All-Greater Houston Tennis Team honoree.

“To qualify for state, Coach Frazee said, “she won the regional title in straight sets losing only five individual games along the way – her first two rounds were 6-0, 6-0, with a 6-4, 6-0 win over George Ranch in the finals. Kaylin defeated Shwetha Prabakar from Vandergrift in the quarterfinal round at State 6-4, 6-0 to advance to the semifinal round against the eventual State Champion from Highland Park, Chandler Carter. The match took three hours to complete with Kaylin getting sick in the middle of the second set before pushing the set to a tiebreaker – final score was 6-4, 7-6.”

Next year, she will play tennis on an athletic scholarship at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. “Kaylin exits Stratford with her head held high knowing that she set records that can only ever be tied and never broken. She will go done in Stratford history as one of the best to ever play the game,” Coach Frazee added.

Junior Josh Hollaway of Stratford advanced to state for a second time. He is a two-time district and regional champion, a two-time 1st Team All-District and also All-Greater Houston Team pick. His history of winning in straight sets was long.

At state, he beat Davis Stewart from Amarillo 6-0, 6-0 in quarterfinals play before falling to Taylor Cramer from Texas City in the semifinals 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 to win the bronze medal.

“Josh is one of the best players in Texas currently and is a great role model for all up and coming players. He is talented and highly coachable, and has a work ethic second to none,” Coach Frazee said.

In state track and field competition this weekend, Memorial High sophomore Khayla Patel will compete in the 3,200 meters at the UIL State meet for the second year in a row.

“This will make Khayla a four-time state qualifier by combining her two appearances in cross country,” says Memorial cross country and girls track coach Vicki Bevan.

“She is a fierce competitor, but more importantly, she places a high priority on academics. We are very proud of Khayla and all she has accomplished in such a short time period. She sets the bar high for our entire team.”

State Tennis Qualifiers in 4A & 5A UIL 
UIL 5A Boys Doubles State Champions:
Ciro Lampasas and Sam Giammalva, Memorial High School
UIL 5A Girls Doubles State Finalists:
Nousha Nowamooz & Courtney Wright, Memorial High School
UIL 4A Boys Singles State Semifinalist:
Josh Hollaway, Stratford High School
UIL 4A Girls Singles State Semifinalist:
Kaylin Kruseman, Stratford High School
UIL 5A Mixed Doubles State Quarterfinalists:
Meredith Hughes and Max Palmer, Memorial High School
UIL 5A Boys Doubles State Quarterfinalists:
Tadgh Collins and Parker Siller, Memorial High School
State Qualifiers UIL 4A & 5A Track & Field
May 9-10 at the University of Texas at the University of Texas:
Austin Richards, Stratford High School – 3200 Meters
Brian Quinlan, Stratford High School – 1600 Meters
Khayla Patel, Memorial High School – 3200 Meters


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