Athletes from several FISD high schools competed at the 4A and 5A UIL Region II Tennis Meets held Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19. Five of these players placed in the top two of their respective divisions and have advanced to the state meet.
In the 4A classification, Reedy High School boys’ doubles team John Basham and Anikait Sharma took home the silver medal at the regional tournament. The tournament was plagued with weather delays and was moved from Longview High School to Texarkana High School over the course of three days. Basham and Sharma were matched up against Cody Pickett and Jake Thedford from Van High School in the first round. After dropping the first set 4-6 and going down 3-5 in the second set, Basham and Sharma stormed back to take the second set 7-6 and finished off the match with a 6-1 win in the third set. The pair defeated John Kimbrell and Hayden Owen from Atlanta High School in the quarterfinals in straight sets, 6-0 and 6-2. In the semifinals against Nash Best and Ian St. Clair from Kilgore High School, Basham and Sharma again went down after the first set, 3-6, but were able to get a couple of service breaks and won the next two sets 6-4 and 6-4. This set up a showdown against the top-seeded team of Kolton Adams and Patrick Petzold from Wills Point High School. Basham and Sharma battled against the top team, but came up short losing in straight sets, 4-6 and 3-6. Their final match was against Mark Dominguez and Collin Patterson from Kaufman High School with a trip to state on the line. Basham and Sharma won easily in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-0, to take second place in the region and become the first tennis players in school history to reach the state tournament.
In the 5A classification, Haley Morrissey from Frisco High School was the regional runner-up in the girls’ singles division. Morrissey began the tournament with a first round match against Mallari McClaran of Texarkana Texas High School. Morrissey was a straight sets winner, 6-0 and 6-1. Morrissey moved on to the quarterfinals and breezed through that match in straight sets against Monica Fry of Carrollton Newman Smith High School, 6-0 and 6-0. In the semifinals, Morrissey played Brittani Brooks from Lovejoy High School. The first set was very tight, as Morrissey won it 7-6. Once she won that set, however, she rolled through the second set, 6-0, and advanced to the finals against Anne Gillam of Dallas Hillcrest High School. Morrissey played hard in the final but fell to Gillam in straight sets, 2-6 and 3-6. In her final match against Svaksha Iyengar from Prosper High School, Morrissey got out to an early lead, winning the first set 6-2. Morrissey then lost a close second set, 4-6, but dominated the third set 6-3 to win the match and advance to the state tournament. Morrissey is the first Frisco High tennis player to advance to state since 2011.
Also in the 5A classification, Lauren Miller and Trinity Vivona of Independence High School took home second place at regionals in the girls’ doubles division. They won their first round match in straight sets against a team from Texarkana Texas High School, 7-5 and 6-2. In the quarterfinals, Miller and Vivona matched up against a doubles pair from Carrollton Newman Smith High School and won easily in straight sets, 6-0 and 6-1. They were straight set winners yet again in the semifinals, beating a team from Lovejoy 6-2 and 6-3 to move on to the finals. Miller and Vivona came up against a strong team from Longview High School in the finals and fell 2-6 and 4-6 to take second place in the region and become the first tennis players in school history to advance to the state tournament.
The UIL Tennis State Tournament will be held Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17 at the Mitchell Tennis Center and Omar Smith Instructional Tennis Courts on the Texas A&M University campus.
Congratulations to these outstanding FISD tennis players and good luck at the state tournament!