Bringing home the hardware

Sealy tennis opens season in Bastrop, earns podium finishes

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The team tennis season officially got underway at the end of last week with the Sealy Tigers playing in a tournament in Bastrop to open the season.

A boys’ double pairing took second overall and another boys’ doubles pairing earned first from the consolation bracket. On top of that, a boys’ singles player similarly won the consolation bracket to start things on a positive note for head coach Joni Baxley’s first spring at the helm of the program she was once a part of.

“These boys never gave up and gave it their all,” she said. “I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the season brings!”

The season rolls along at the end of this week with a trip to the Brazosport Exporter Invitational set for this Friday while the junior varsity will travel to Madisonville for the Mustang Invitational next Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Before the season began, Baxley mentioned having a strong senior core as well as some big-time returners will help carry the team this year and it was that contingent that got things done to kick off the season.

Senior Brendon Beckendorff and junior Carlos Godoy came just shy of claiming the championship outright and brought home a second-place plaque in their first action of the season. Last year, Godoy

was part of a mixed doubles pairing that won the district crown alongside Macey Feland. Beckendorff finished second in the boys’ doubles rankings with Austin Keeton serving as his partner.

This year, at least to start, Keeton was paired with JT Rassette for the Bastrop ISD Winter Cup and despite dropping into the consolation bracket, the pairing was able to make their way to the top of that bracket, earning the first-place plaque for Sealy. Rassette finished in third alongside Jonah DeLozier, who will be playing singles this year, in last year’s boys’ doubles district championship.

Eric Wilson was the lone singles player to climb to the top, similarly earning a consolation championship plaque to start his season off on a positive note. Wilson was a third-place finisher in last year’s singles competition at the district championship and will use this moving into the rest of his season.

Full results were not available at press time.

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