The Anna Sports Complex hosted its third-ever United States Tennis Association Challenger June 8. Challenger events are the beginning level of competitive tennis for Texas junior players. Players qualify for USTA’s Championship level by accumulating points at the Challengers and then may advance to the Super Championship level.
Princeton also shared in hosting this one-day event.
Anna had 11 players sign up for the Challenger, AISD’s most ever, said Anna head tennis coach Vince Sharp.
In Girls 16 results, Anna’s Andrea Alvarez reached the finals before falling to Abigail Lux of Lewisville, 4-1, 2-4, 11-9. In the semifinals, Alvarez defeated Ella Goedich of Ennis, 4-1, 4-1.
Alvarez and Anna’s Addy Schofield met in the quarterfinals, with Alvarez prevailing, 4-1, 4-0.
Schofield had defeated Alyssa Burlison of Trophy Club, 4-2, 4-2, while Alvarez downed Makenna Dancer of Van Alstyne, 4-0, 4-0, to set-up the all-Anna quarterfinal.
In Boys 16, Melissa’s Dawson Mercer rolled to two-set wins in his first two matches before falling to Andrew Kochevar of McKinney, 4-0, 5-4 in the semifinals. Bow Gates of Anna defeated Frisco’s Timothy Kim, 4-1, 4-0, before dropping a close battle to No. 1 seed Johnathan Arzuaga of Roanoke, 4-1, 4-5, 7-10. Anna’s Ryan Lama downed Oliver Cernero of Sherman, 4-1, 4-0, then lost in the quarterfinals to No. 3 seed Payne Brock of Burkburnett.
Brendan Muisyio of Anna was topped by Brock before falling in three sets in the consolation draw to Sherman’s Thomas Wynn. RJ Frazier of Anna dropped a match to Wylie’s Tye Tran then defeated Sherman’s Oliver Corner, 4-1, 4-0, in the Consolation round. Frazier fell to Tate Rehmet of Gunter in his next match.
In Girls 14, Anna’s No. 1, Molli Woodbury, reached the USTA Championship Level with her first round 4-1, 4-0 win over Sophia Cernero of Sherman. But Parker Cox of McKinney got past Woodbury, 5-4, 5-4, in the semifinals.
In Boys 14, Anna’s Prince Kagore lost two tiebreaker matches — to Luke Wilson of Allen then Gautham Mohanraj of Frisco — but received special recognition. “Prince handled these losses with class,” Sharp said, “and was awarded the Sportsmanship Award for the entire tournament. This award goes out to only one player chosen from all the draws.” Kagore will receive a scholarship to attend the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch for one week. He is the first Anna player to win this award, Sharp noted.