Do, Hornbeck, Marcheli reach state tennis tournament

Fort Bend ISD and Lamar Consolidated ISD will be among the best in Class 5A, both earning a spot in the state bracket at the state tennis tournament.

Willis won the Region III-5A Championship after winning the boys singles at Kempner’s Noey Do. The Foster boys doubles team of Spencer Hornbeck and Dylan Marcheli won a regional playoff match to advance to the regional tournament.

The state tournament is scheduled for April 26-27 at the Blossom Tennis Center, Annemarie Tennis Center and Northside Tennis Center in San Antonio. Quarterfinal and semifinal matches are the first day of the set, with finals the following morning.

Do will face Lubbock’s Andrew Azatian after a convincing run through Region II-5A. He didn’t lose a set, starting with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Lake Creek’s Ricky Koesters and a 6-0, 6-0 win over Pflugerville Connally’s Sammy Cortez during the first day of competition.

Do not start the second day with a 6-0, 6-3 semifinal win over Austin LASA’s William Gu, then clinched his state berth with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph against LASA’s Milind Mutala in the championship match.

Hornbeck and Marcheli had a little trouble opening day, sweeping Connally’s Sean Diep and Andy Nguyen, and Kingwood Park’s Marshall Simmons and Syed Hussain by 6-0, 6-0.

The Foster duo fought off a close second set to defeat Friendswood’s Sam Bowles and Michael Lanni in the semifinals, 6-2, 7-6 (9-7). They pushed LASA’s Ted Gershon and Rishi Rajesh to a final set in the third set 7-5, 0-6, 6-3.

Marcheli and Hornbeck rebounded to win the playback 6-0, 6-1 against Connally’s Ethan To-Pham and Hoai Le to reach the state tournament, which they open against Highland Park’s Ray Saalfield and Carl Newell.

Foster had three representatives at the regional tournament, including the mixed doubles team of Elizabeth Ocana and Tanner Wilson, and Andrea Delgado in the girls singles. Delgado reached the semifinals, defeating Montgomery’s Lauren Williams 6-0, 6-0 and Friendswood’s Fiona Fuke 6-3, 6-1.

Kempner’s regional qualifiers included the boys doubles team of Gilbert Tran and Louis Bui, and boys singles player Clark Baird.

LCISD had all four of its 5A schools, including Willis, girls singles in Lamar Consolidated’s Idara Akpaffiong, mixed doubles in Fulshear’s Emma Horvath and Reed Kelly, and girls doubles in Terry’s Hannah Ortega and Gabby Ramirez.

Clements saw two doubles teams finish one win from the state and another reach the semifinal during a strong showing at Region III-6A Tournament in Deer Park.

Gabriel Shu and Nishil Gandhi advanced to the boys doubles championship match, defeating Seven Lakes’ Brian Ho and Tanav Kalra 6-0, 6-0 and Memorial’s Christo Langford and Jeffrey Kuo on day one.

Ghandi and Shu rallied past Dawson’s Edwin Ling and Andrew Guan 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 before falling to Memorial’s Chase Scholz and Eric Kuo in the final. Tompkins’ Charles Kuchler and Mihir Amte won the playoff match in state for the remaining bid.

The Rangers were undefeated in the first day of girls doubles. Vivian Le and Sammi Guse eliminated Alief Taylor’s Lauren Samuels and Lauriel Samuels 6-3, 6-0 and Kingwood’s Daryl Locke and Calista Tijmes, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

Sanjana Karnam and Aarohi Thakar gave Clements half the semifinal field, defeating Deer Park’s Lourdes Zuniga and Micah McDowell 6-2, 6-0 and Kingwood’s Kaitlyn Nguyen and Trinity Alonso, 6-1, 6-2.

Both lost tight semifinal matches to tiebreakers, with Thakar and Karnam falling before their first set. Guse and Le prevailed 6-4, 6-4 in the third place for an All-Rangers match, but were stopped by Memorial’s Hallie Jeffers and Rashmi singles in the playoffs.

All five Clements regional entries advanced, including Pratik Sahajwani and Shaurya Saini’s 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) victory over Deer Park’s Diego Cromeens and LJ Godfrey. Nathan Bucasas and Kacey Guo won their mixed doubles opener, 6-2, 6-0 against Kingwood’s Jacob Shaw and Lauren Beach.

Dulles was joined at the Region III-6A Tournament by girls singles in Samara Onwuteaka and Sheena Buwemi, boys singles in Tejas Kalphati and mixed doubles team Kathleen Cooney and Anish Ravindran.

Buwemi earned a 6-2, 6-4 win over Dawson’s Kamille Hernandez. Cy-Fair’s Arin Menon won a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Kalphati Rallied. Kingwood’s Parker Hutchinson and Ashton Bunch eliminated Conney and Ravindran, 6-1, 6-3.

Rajin Parikh, who made the regional tour as a freshman.

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