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April 3, 2014

Huntsville's Chandler Livingston falls short in district final, preps for regional action

HUNTSVILLE — Chandler Livingston got off to a slow start in the District 18-4A championship tennis match against Magnolia’s top-seeded Zach Suico.

Livingston eventually settled down and returned to form, but it wasn’t enough to pull off the victory as he fell to Suico 0-6, 4-6.

“He got down 4-0 in the second set and he started coming back,” Huntsville head coach John Fuller said. “He made it 4-all and ended up losing 6-4 in the second but it was a lot closer and longer points. He really played well.”

In the first set, Livingston tried to get points too quickly and often hit the ball too hard, which played into Suico’s strategic plan.

Livingston mixed things up a bit in the second set with a few high topspin forehand shots to get Kerian out of rhythm.

Despite the loss, Livingston is Huntsville’s lone Region III qualifier and will compete at the regional tournament in Willis on April 15.

Livingston won three matches Wednesday to advance to Thursday’s final round.

“He’s worked hard all year and met high expectations to go to district and advance to regionals,” Fuller said. “We knew it was going to be tough to get to regionals with some of the players in our district. But he worked at it, worked hard and it paid off. We know the guy that he lost to is a good player and we knew it was going to be a tough match.

“He’s happy but it starts all over again with regionals. It’s a whole new ballgame and it’s anybody’s chance to win.”

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