FRISCO ISD TENNIS

Frisco ISD tennis teams pose for a celebratory shot after combining to win three titles at the state tournament on May 20-21.

As Frisco ISD started rapidly expanding two decades ago, it has become a talent hotbed in many sports.

Given the results of this year’s state tennis tournament, one can add that sport to the list.

After a dominant effort at the Region 2 tournament, FISD earned eight berths at the state event and that group claimed three state championships on May 20-21 in San Antonio.

FISD swept the singles titles, with Lebanon Trail’s Nathan Tserng winning the boys title and Heritage’s Sriya Leesha Gourammagari taking the girls crown, and they were joined by the Heritage girls doubles team of Tamiya Lintz and Saundarya Vedula.

Tserng was actually part of a all-FISD finals as he squared off with Frisco’s Mohan Yechuri. The finals was one of the most competitive of the tournament, with Tserng finally prevailing for a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory.

Tserng had posted a 6-1, 7-5 sweep of Ted Gershon of the Austin Liberal Arts and Science Academy in the quarterfinals and claimed a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Harrison Bennett of Lubbock in the semifinals.

Yechuri had battled his way to the title match with a pair of three-set marathons, picking up a 6-0, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2 win over Austin LASA’s Milind Mutala and a 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-4 victory against Amarillo Tascosa’s Ethan Ruppanner.

Gourammagari lifted the state championship trophy after a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Nedarland’s Megan Do in the finals.

She had started with a 6-2, 6-3 sweep of Abilene Wylie’s Carly Bontke and then got her toughest match in the semifinals, where she was able to prevail in a 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 victory over Crystal Zhou of Austin LASA.

This was almost another all-FISD final, as Centennial’s Reika Nagai defeated Axelle Jacquemine of Wichita Falls Rider in the quarterfinals before dropping a 6-1, 6-4 decision to Do.

The Heritage duo of Lintz/Vedula put together one of the most dominant runs in the tournament, dropping only five total games in six sets.

They set the tone in the quarterfinal with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Friendwood’s Leah Block and Elle Moss.

They followed that up with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial’s Sophie Dieng and Jenny Su, and then in the finals, they took down Highland Park’s Cambrelle Henderson and Hayden Bethea in a 6-0, 6-2 win.

FISD almost added championships in boys doubles and mixed doubles.

The boys doubles pair of Sansh Kumar and Sanjaya Kodali of Independence advanced to the finals before falling to College Station A&M Consolidated’s team of John Davis Watson and Henning Schade by a 6-1, 6-1 count.

The Kumar/Kodali duo had previously posted a 6-3, 6-2 win against Amarillo’s Ryan Manchee and Taylor Vigil and a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 victory over San Antonio Alamo Heights’ Robert Hunt and Balin Patel.

On the other side of the bracket, Heritage’s Liam Selvido and Anish Madgula knocked off Amarillo’s Andy Earthman and Kelton Brown in a 6-1, 6-0 sweep and then pushed the eventual champions from A&M Consolidated to three sets before falling 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.

In mixed doubles, the Liberty team of Yatin Pokle and Milla Dopson opened with a 6-3, 6-2 victory against Georgetown’s Zach Miller and Sam Miller. Their semifinal was a tight one, but the eventual champions, Jackson Harwell and Eleanor Archer of Amarillo, were able to pull out a 7-5, 6-4 win.

For continued coverage on the local sports scene, follow Devin Hasson on Twitter: @DevinHasson

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