In the third meeting of these two teams this year, Needville got the last laugh as they advanced to the regional semifinals which started on Halloween, so who’s the real loser here?
The Blue Jays bested the Tigers in the regular season but the black and gold took care of business in the district semifinals to earn the first trip to the district final in school history.
Although that 10-3 decision ended in favor of the Fulshear Chargers, Sealy still did enough damage to advance to the regional tournament that started with a matchup with the Blue Jays last Monday in Wharton.
The Tigers started off down 1-0 with a lack of a third girl's double pair but went on to split the rest of the pairings to make the score 4-3.
The mixed doubles pair evened things up but the boys were only able to grab two wins in the singles matchups and the girls dropped four of their singles matches to put Needville into double digits, signaling the end of the season for Sealy as the rain began to fall.
So too ended the longest season in team tennis history at the school, reaching the regional quarterfinals in a bracket that Fulshear went on to win over China Spring at the end.
Austin Keeton/J.T. Rassette was the lone boys double to earn a win, 6-4, 6-1, over Hayden Han/Aiden Rangel. Jonah DeLozier/Eric Wilson (6-1, 6-2) and Daniel Eschenburg/Carlos Godoy (6-7 (3-6), 6-3 (10-5)) then fell to get things started.
On the girls’ side, with only two pairings, Kylie Patrick/Macy Feland secured a 2-6, 6-3 (10-7) win after Rachel Faldyn/Tina Pham got tripped up 6-0, 6-2.
Justin Gejewski/Rebecca Kins took a 6-1, 6-4 decision before Keeton and Hayden Havel grabbed singles’ victories. However, DeLozier, Wilson, Patrick, Faldyn, Feland and Abigail Zientek all dropped their matches to make the final score come to a stop at 10-5.
At the end of the day it was another team representing the black and gold in the more important season after the regular season and now it’s the winter sports’ turn.