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Matches were played until 4:15 a.m. on first day of UIL tennis state tournament, but there’s no rule against that

Because of rain, matches on the first day of the UIL tennis state tournament in College Station didn’t begin until roughly 8 p.m. Tuesday — a delay of nearly 12 hours. Once they started playing, though, they didn’t stop until 4:15 a.m. Wednesday.

 

At that point, more rain finally forced play to be stopped for good at Texas A&M’s Mitchell Tennis Center, after 104 of 120 quarterfinal matches had been completed.

 

“We tried to get all the quarterfinals in,” said Darryl Beasley, the UIL tournament director. “It’s pretty good, all things considering.”

 

“They knew rain was expected [Wednesday], so they wanted to try and get as many as possible in last night when it wasn’t raining,” UIL media coordinator Kate Hector said. “It’s not ideal to have kids playing that late. It’s certainly not how we want it to go, but the goal is to just get them in.”

 

Hector said there is no UIL rule for tennis about how late matches can start. Playoff games and state championship events have gone past midnight in other sports.

 

“We’ve started championship softball games very late into the night, and state track has run races after midnight,” Hector said. “But generally you avoid starting something after midnight on Saturday and Sunday. That would be an exception to the playing-on-Sunday rule, which is possible with UIL approval, but we do try to avoid that.”

 

The UIL allows games to be played on Sunday only in unusual situations. That happened in girls basketball this February, when regional finals had to be played on Sunday because of a snowstorm.

In 2005, the Class 5A softball state championship game in which Keller beat Garland in 15 innings ended at 1:34 a.m. on a Sunday morning after a lightning delay. Last week, Lovejoy’s softball team didn’t finish Game 2 of its best-of-3 area-round playoff series against Royse City until 3:16 a.m. Saturday morning. That game didn’t start until almost midnight.

 

Hector said the only UIL rule regarding how late an event can start or finish during the school week is for invitational track meets, for which no event can start after 10 p.m.

 

More rain Wednesday caused a delay of seven hours before play at Texas A&M was called off for the day, extending the tournament to a third day. Semifinals for girls doubles, boys doubles and mixed doubles are now scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at A&M, with the finals for those events to follow.

 

But while some singles finals could get played Thursday at A&M, it could take several days or longer for others to be played, and they could potentially take place at many locations across the state. The UIL posted a message on its website Wednesday saying that “All singles finals matches will be played at a time and location determined by the two schools.”

 

“We have no control over the weather. We are all in the same boat,” Plano West coach Morgen Walker said. “Just have to try and make the best of the situation, but it isn’t easy.”

 

With players now having to come back Thursday to try and finish, coaches were left scrambling to make new travel and lodging plans and the athletes will miss additional school time.

 

“Most everyone is already checked out of their hotels,” Houston Memorial coach Budd Booth said. “We need to be able to make arrangements for bus drivers and hotels. We need a hotel room tonight.

“The kids missing school is a big thing. They missed two days already, and if they [play Thursday] it will be three straight days. It’s tough to miss just one day.”

 

Some mixed doubles matches were moved to indoor courts in Bryan on Wednesday, and Hector said it’s not the first time the UIL has had to use those indoor courts because of inclement weather. So why hasn’t the UIL held the state tournament at a location that has indoor courts?

 

“We would certainly be open to those facilities approaching us,” Hector said. “We haven’t found a facility like that, that has asked to host yet.”

 

All classifications had been scheduled to play all of their matches at Texas A&M on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the past, there have been years where the UIL had some classifications play early in the week and the rest play later in the week, or not all classifications played in the same city.

 

Last year, Class 3A, 2A and A played their state tournament matches in College Station, but 5A and 4A matches were held at the University of Texas’ Penick-Allison Tennis Center. Those courts at UT have since been torn down, but the school has plans to build new courts.

 

Freelance writers Sean Shapiro and Brandon Wheeland contributed to this report.

 

RESULTS

 

(At Texas A&M)

(Results for all championship matches and other matches involving Dallas-area athletes)

CLASS 6A

 

BOYS SINGLES

CHAMPIONSHIP – Charles Tan, Aus. Westlake vs. Nathan Brown, EP Coronado

SEMIFINAL – Charles Tan, Aus. Westlake d. Dillon Pineda, Allen, 7-5, 6-1

 

GIRLS SINGLES

CHAMPIONSHIP – Marlee Zein, FB Dulles vs. Fernanda Contreras, Aus. Westlake

QUARTERFINAL – Margorie Antohi, EP Coronado d. Elizabeth Tedford, Highland Park, 6-0, 6-4

BOYS DOUBLES

CHAMPIONSHIP – TBD

QUARTERFINAL – Cole Davis/Paco Bendana, New Braunfels d. Sebastian Langdon/Truman Coe, FM Marcus, 6-2, 6-3

 

GIRLS DOUBLES

CHAMPIONSHIP – TBD

SEMIFINALS – Victoria Yu/Kristina Yu, NB Canyon vs. Tiffany Hollebeck/Emily Kim, Plano West; Chandler Carter/Elizabeth Porter, Highland Park vs. Lacy Schneemann/Anna Schneemann, San Ang. Central

QUARTERFINALS – Victoria Yu/Kristina Yu, NB Canyon d. Logan Lett/Jennifer Mee, Highland Park, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1; Tiffany Hollebeck/Emily Kim, Plano West d. Rosanne Hu/Nila Ramaswamy, FB Clements, 6-0, 6-0; Chandler Carter/Elizabeth Porter, Highland Park d. Megan Hawkins/Rebekah Moore, SA Reagan, 6-1, 6-3

 

MIXED DOUBLES

 

CHAMPIONSHIP – TBD

SEMIFINAL – Alejandro Caviedes / Hunter Blesser, New Braunfels vs. Phillip Quinn/Margo Taylor, Highland Park

QUARTERFINALS – Phillip Quinn/Margo Taylor, Highland Park d. Camryn Moortgat/Anshul Pandey, Plano West6-0, 6-1; Sonya Bhakthavachalam/Cole Lawson, Klein d. Clara Merklin/Matt Landers, SL Carroll, 6-4, 6-2

 

CLASS 5A

BOYS SINGLES

CHAMPIONSHIP – Josh Hollaway, Hou. Stratford vs. Andre Mercado, Edin. Vela

 

GIRLS SINGLES

CHAMPIONSHIP – Dominique Garley, Saginaw vs. Taylor Gray, WF Rider

SEMIFINAL – Dominique Garley, Saginaw d. Jacy Smith, Bryan, 6-1, 7-5

QUARTERFINAL - Taylor Gray, WF Rider d. Sum Iyengar, Prosper, 6-3, 7-5

 

BOYS DOUBLES

CHAMPIONSHIP – TBD

SEMIFINAL – Alex Joseph/Miha Valencic, Grapevine vs. Evan Gan/Julian Dunmore, A&M Consol.

QUARTERFINAL - Alex Joseph/Miha Valencic, Grapevine d. Ryan Wattar/Akshat Shrivistava, Frisco Wakeland, 6-2, 6-4

 

GIRLS DOUBLES

CHAMPIONSHIP – TBD

SEMIFINAL – Anna Dickens/Samantha/Hayward, Lovejoy vs. Solene Crawle/Brittney Wilbur, SA Alamo Heights

QUARTERFINALS - Anna Dickens/Samantha Hayward, Lovejoy d. Maria Sanchez/Teresa Sanchez, Tom. Memorial, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

Solene Crawle/Brittney Wilbur, SA Alamo Heights d. Isabell Bergman/Madison Cleff, Grapevine, 6-4, 6-3

 

MIXED DOUBLES

CHAMPIONSHIP – TBD

SEMIFINALS – Nick Parker/Hannah Story, McKinney North vs. Holly Fulbright/Jonathan Welsh, Lubbock; Chris McKenzie/Shwetha Prabakar, Aus. Vandegrift vs. Octavia Malin/Keenan Rico, Grapevine

QUARTERFINALS - Nick Parker/Hannah Story, McKinney North d. Thomas Hackett/Sara Hackett, CC Calallen, 6-3, 6-4; Chris McKenzie/Shwetha Prabakar, Aus. Vandegrift d. Rodrigo Matas/Brooke Brewer, McKinney North, 6-3, 6-4; Octavia Malinn/Keenan Rico, Grapevine d. Tory Templin/Rachel Tindall, A&M Consol., 6-4, 6-2

 

CLASS 4A

BOYS SINGLES

CHAMPIONSHIP – Dawson Penn, Long. Spring Hill vs. Bradley Loftis, Madison

SEMIFINAL – Bradley Loftis, Madison d. Westin Jablonowski, Bellville, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3

QUARTERFINAL - Bradley Loftis, Madison d. Isaac Kil, Alvarado, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

 

GIRLS SINGLES

CHAMPIONSHIP – Alexa Rice, Boerne vs. Hannah Boubel, Frederickburg

 

BOYS DOUBLES

CHAMPIONSHIP – TBD

 

GIRLS DOUBLES

CHAMPIONSHIP – TBD

 

MIXED DOUBLES

CHAMPIONSHIP – TBD

SEMIFINAL – Jared Clemmer/Sabra Zullo, Abi. Wylie vs. Ashleigh Davis/Hunter Foster, Kaufman

QUARTERFINAL - Ashleigh Davis/Hunter Foster, Kaufman d. Caleb Diller/Megan Litton, Robinson, 6-0, 6-0

 

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