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October 30, 2017

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Plano West falls short in 6A final; Grapevine defeats Austin Vandegrift for second straight 5A title


Grapevine repeated as the Class 5A team tennis champion, but Plano West fell in the 6A final.


COLLEGE STATION — With Highland Park’s streak of seven consecutive state titles coming to an end when the Scots lost in the semifinals, there was guaranteed to be a new Class 6A state champion in team tennis.


New Braunfels made the most of the opportunity, beating Plano West 10-4 in Thursday’s title match at Texas A&M.


New Braunfels (23-2) won its first 6A title — its eighth state championship overall — after losing to Highland Park in last year’s 6A final. Plano West (23-3) was trying to win its fifth state title, and its first since 2006.


Plano West and coach Morgen Walker had to be ready for the upstart Unicorns, who beat Highland Park on Wednesday, ending the Scots’ streak of 174 straight wins in dual matches.


“I told them that I was proud of them,” Walker said. “They competed hard. If we get those three doubles tiebreakers, we’re sitting at 7-all, with three matches on the court. We would’ve been right in the thick of things.”


Plano West jumped out to a 2-0 lead in doubles play, but the Unicorns answered quickly with five wins. The final two doubles matches went to tiebreakers, with New Braunfels winning both to take a 5-2 lead into the singles matches.


New Braunfels won four of the next six matches, then claimed the title with a 6-0, 6-3 win by senior Jorge Caviedes.


Another title for Grapevine: Grapevine won its second consecutive 5A state title, beating Austin Vandegrift 10-6.


Grapevine (19-2) dominated in boys singles, getting victories from Alex Joseph, Miha Valencic, Alex Kubo, Tanner Putnam and Tine Valencic to sweep the five matches that were completed. Grapevine won two of the three doubles matches on both the boys and girls side and got a girls singles win from Samantha Wong.

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