Anna, Melissa dominate district play prepping for Region II Tournament

By Rick Bailey
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune

Melissa - The Anna Coyote team coached by Vince Sharp took the 9-4A District Championship in four out of the five events and are sending eight players to the Class 4A Region II tennis tournament at Texas A&M University at Commerce. Melissa captured the boy’s singles championship and is sending seven players to regionals. 

District finals and third place matches were played at the Melissa ISD tennis courts. The top four finishers will advance to the next round of UIL 2021 Tennis Championships for Class 4A.

Pairings for the girls singles were the following: (Championship) Morgan Sharp-Anna defeated Madison Dollar-Sanger, 6-0, 6-0. (Third Place) Sydney Sullivan-Van Alstyne defeated Kate Adcox-Anna, 6-2, 6-2. (Playback) Sydney Sullivan-Van Alstyne defeated Madison Dollar-Sanger, 6-0, 6-3.

Pairings for the girls doubles were the following: (Championship) Payton Wickliffe/Maura Ballard-Anna defeated Caley Slentz/Mackenzie Wilkie-Melissa, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1). (Third Place) Rylee Reddick/Ella Hart-Melissa vs. Lanie Thorpe/ Lacey Thorpe-Van Alstyne, 6-3, 6-2. (Playback) Caley Slentz/Mackenzie Wilkie-Melissa defeated Rylee Reddick/Ella Hart-Melissa, 6-2, 6-4.

Pairings for the boys singles matches were the following: (Championship) Dawson Mercer-Melissa defeated Luke Adcox-Anna, 6-4, 6-2. (Third Place) Joseph Rule-Anna defeated Landry Burwell-Melissa, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. (Playback) Luke Adcox-Anna defeated Joseph Rule-Anna, 6-4, 6-2. 

Pairings for the boys doubles championship and third place matches were the following: (Championship) RJ Frazier/Brendan Muisyo-Anna defeated Om Patel/Cade Gentry - Melissa, 6-0,7-5. (Third Place) Bennie/AJ Gonzalez (brothers) -Melissa defeated Jackson Benavidez/Joe Ballard-Anna,6-1,6-2. (Playback) Om Patel/Cade Gentry-Melissa defeated Bennie/AJ Gonzalez (brothers)-Melissa, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. 

Pairings for the mixed doubles were the following: (Championship) Molli Woodbury/Ryan Lamar-Anna defeated Osaze Osemwhenkhe/Lars Costilla-Melissa, 6-1,6-4. (Third Place) PK Kagore/Julia Katke-Anna defeated Emma Krause/Luke Nichols-Melissa, 7-5,6-0. (Playback) No playback necessary. 

Both teams will compete for a trip to the state tournament at Texas A&M University at Commerce.