April 18, 2019 – Reagan tennis took 1st place today in boys singles at Regionals. Top seeded Kyle Totorica dominated Wednesdays play only dropping 4 games in 2 matches to Harlingen South and Clark high school. In todays semi-final match, Kyle found himself down 0-2 to Anmay Deveraj of Lake Travis high school before turning it around and winning 12 out of the next 15 games 6-3, 6-2. In the finals, Kyle took on Daniel French from Westlake high school and was broken right away and went down 0-2 again but Kyle used a combination of slap shot return winners and powerful ground strokes to come back and take a 5-4 lead. With Daniel serving up 40-love with 3 game points to tie it up, Kyle slapped a forehand return down the line to change momentum to comeback and take the game and the set 6-4. In the 2nd set, Kyle was up 4-2 before French tied it up at 4-4 using steady deep ground strokes but Kyle changed his game and used a mixture of slices, rally shots and power to take the match 6-4. On match point, Kyle set himself up with a short ball, crushing it into the corner and then destroyed the overhead smash for a winner to take the championship. The 6-4, 6-4 win advances Kyle to the State Championship where the final 8 players will fight for 1st place. State will be held at Texas A&M on May 16-17.
In girls doubles, 2nd seeded Bailey Godwin and Kyndall Quiroz lost their semi-final match to Lake Travis high school’s Matoli Khojie and Stela Sifuentes 6-2, 6-4. The pair started down 0-3 before closing the gap to 2-3. Reagan had 2 points to try to tie it up at 3-3 but couldn’t secure the last point and went down 2-4. At 2-4, the pair had another 2 game points to shorten the gap but instead went down 2-5 and then 2-6. In the 2nd set, Bailey and Kyndall went up 3-1 before losing momentum and losing the final set 4-6. Bailey and Kyndall had beaten Khojie and Sifuentes twice earlier this spring. After losing, the Reagan duo won the 3rd place playoff match 6-3, 6-0 against Canyon high school’s Alyssa Torres and Lauren Beville. The Reagan juniors will look to return to State their senior year after falling just one match short this year.