Faith Academy dominates in tennis
April 29, 2013, 10:00 am by Mark Goodson
From Staff Reports
Faith Academy continued its domination by winning both the boys and girls TAPPS 2A state team tennis championships Thursday at the Waco Regional Tennis Center. It is the eighth state championship in seventh straight year for coach Michelle Stallard.
The state titles are the second for the boys and the sixth
for the girls. The boys also won in 2009. It is the fourth
consecutive state championship for the girls.
Rich Coleman was eliminated in the first round by Will
Tankasky of The Covenant School in Dallas. Tankasky won his district and was
the No. 3 seed. Reagan Vaughn defeated Andrew Lajaunie of O`Connell
College Preparatory School of Galveston 6-0-6-4 and the No. 4 seed Greg Barns
of Denton Calvary Academy 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Vaughn advanced
to the second day and defeated Mason Matias of Shiner St. Paul Catholic High
School 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. Vaughn lost to Ryker Heller of Austin Veritas
Academy 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the finals to finish as the TAPPS 2A boys state
The girls used stong depth to take their title.
Sarah Mason Thomas lead the team by only giving up one game in her path to the final match. She lost to Allyson Hayley of the Woodlands Preparatory School in Tomball 6-0, 6-1.
Brandi Kuhlmann contributed by defeating Marianna Herndon of
Hallettsville Sacred Heart 6-2, 6-3 and upset the No. 2 seed Kathryn Sild of
Texoma Christian School in Sherman 6 –3, 6-4 to advance to day two where she
was beat by Allyson Hayley 6-2, 6-0 to finish in third place.
They lost in the quarterfinals to the state champions Amy
and Laura Grunden of Denton Calvary Academy 7-5, 6-2 but picked up valuable 3.5
team points. Savannah Still and Nicole Johnson advanced to day 2 of
competition by defeating Crystal Johnson and Marina Montano of Texoma Christian
School in Sherman in the round of 16 and Katie Denson and Kourtney Knesak of
Shiner St. Paul 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals but finished in third place when
they lost to Anja-Jane Pauli and Joanna Walzebuck of the Woodlands Preparatory
School in Tomball.
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