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April 8, 2013

HUNTSVILLE TENNIS — Time for shine for HHS tennis team

Huntsville boys, girls kick off District 18-4A tennis tournament today

HUNTSVILLE — Over the last several weeks, the Huntsville High School tennis players have had their share of success, including tournament championships, runner-up finishes and also consolation championships.

The Hornets and Lady Hornets will try to put it all together today and Tuesday as the District 18-4A tournament gets under way at Walden Country Club in Conroe.

“It’s not going to be easy. We didn’t draw many of the top seeds, which will make it difficult,” Huntsville coach John Fuller said Sunday afternoon. “There are going to be plenty of good teams there.”

In the past few tournaments, Huntsville’s mixed doubles teams of Chandler Livingston and Karly Culver as well as Stan Smith and Lexie Prier have fared well and have built up plenty of momentum.

Livingston and Culver have won the mixed doubles title in the last two regular-season tournaments at Klein on Mar. 23 and in Huntsville on March 28.

Smith and Prier also teamed up in the Klein tournament, placing third.

For doing as well as they have in the spring, the tandem of Livingston and Culver drew the No. 4 seed in the tournament, while Smith and Prier were seeded fifth.

In a district of nine squads, the Hornets and Lady Hornets will have to navigate a bracket with tough teams from Montgomery, Magnolia and Magnolia West.

“What makes those teams tough is that they have the depth that we don’t have,” Fuller said. “Montgomery is a good team every year. Magnolia has a good girls doubles team.”

Trey Heath and Miguel Alonso will lead the Huntsville boys in singles matches, while Nayana Ramachandra and Julian Thorn look to make it through the singles tournament for the Huntsville girls.

In boys doubles, Cody Conroy and Alex Cade have the potential to advance out of district and onto the regional tournament, Fuller says. Also competing for the Hornets will be Harley Holland and John Barrett.

Gracie Garcia and Katie Gardner lead girls doubles for Huntsville, while Serra Bauer and Emily White will also be competing.

In order to advance to Tuesday’s final rounds of the district tennis tournament, the Hornets and Lady Hornets need to win three matches today in the single-elimination tournament.

Action starts today at 8:30 a.m. and continues until at least the semifinals or finals of each event.

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