Anna’s Rowdy Lairson and mixed doubles partners Christian Sanchez and Olivia Simmons claimed tournament victories at the Farmersville Tournament, March 8-9, at Princeton while Lady Coyote Sydney Jones turned in one of the best performances of her Singles career.
In boys singles on Thursday, Lairson won his fourth straight tournament — topping Commerce’s Humphries, 8-0, in the quarterfinals, Whitewright’s defending district champ Kenneth Slack in the semis, 8-2, and Little Elm’s Buliga, 8-0, in the finals.
In the mixed doubles B draw, Sanchez and Simmons posted their first career tournament victory — and Simmons’ first varsity medal — in topping Farmersville’s Whitaker and Holbrook, 8-1. Sanchez and Simmons defeated Blue Ridge and Leonard pairs in advancing to the finals.
“Olivia was always a good JV player,” Anna head coach Vince Sharp said, “and she won the JV district championship in doubles last season. But after Hannah Heath went down with an injury we needed to find someone that could step up. She has made major strides this year and I am glad to see it is paying off for her.”
In girls singles on Friday, Jones advanced to the finals after defeating two-time state-qualifier Julianne Kelley of Whitewright, 8-4. Kelley had defeated Jones, 6-1, 6-2, three weeks ago at Anna.
“We learned a lot about that match,” Sharp said. “We have had specific strategy and shots to focus on in practice and Sydney is starting to see what can happen when you just put your head down and try and be better every day. She deserves every bit of her success.”
Jones fell in the finals, 8-1, to Little Elm’s Ally Ziehm, who is “one of the top players in the state in any qualification,” according to Sharp. Jones was the only player in the tournament to win a game off of her.
In the mixed doubles A draw, Anna’s Ally Fudge and Jesus Garrido advanced to their third straight finals before falling to Van Alstyne’s state-tournament veterans Larrivere and Tormos, 8-4. Fudge and Garrido had bested pairs from Wolfe City and Bonham enroute to the finals.
In girls doubles, Anna’s Mary Beth Geren and Angel Dube medaled for a third straight time in tournament play, taking third place over Kern and Willeford of Van Alstyne, 8-2.