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TEAM TENNIS: Nederland advances in 5A playoffs after rout of Lee

Nederland nearly clean swept Baytown Lee in playoff team tennis.

Recently crowned the District 21-5A champions, the Bulldogs easily won their bi-district match of the UIL 5A playoffs 18-1 on Tuesday in Beaumont. The Bulldogs will face Richmond Foster at Goose Creek Memorial High in Baytown at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Nederland won five of six boys matches: Brandon Do over Riley O’Brien 6-0, 6-0; Tommy Hoang over Nick Bieschke 6-1, 6-2; Joshua Tran over Titus Batongmalaki 6-1, 6-0; Jarrett Atterberry over Kristian Garza 6-1, 6-1; and Easton Grice over Joseph Palos 6-1, 6-3. Evan Kerr earned Lee’s only win, beating Tereul Jimenez 7-6, 6-1.

Nederland did not allow a game in three girls singles matches: Jayci Wong over Grecia Aurelio; Megan Do over Diamond Frazier; and Han Vo over Johana Chavez. Grace Rigby beat Deyse Leija 6-1, 6-0; Heidi Hardy defeated Joanne Rivers 6-1, 6-1; and Emily Suire beat Jenniffer Sanchez 6-1, 6-1.

Boys doubles results: Do-Jimenez def. O’Brien-Bieschke 8-0; Hoang-Atterberry def. Batongmalaki-Kerr 8-4; Grice-Tran def. Garza-Bruno 8-1.

Girls doubles results: Wong-Rigby def. Leija-Chavez 8-0; Do-Vo def. Aurelio-Sanchez 8-0; and Hardy-Gonzalez def. Wade-Spence 8-0.

Mixed doubles: Laurel Marroquin-Shaahir Dhahani def. Palos-Frazier 8-2.


About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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