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Goliad junior in final at state tennis tournament

April 29, 2013 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated April 28, 2013 at 11:29 p.m.


COLLEGE STATION - It's almost too easy for Ryder Billo.

The Goliad junior breezed through the first two rounds of the Class 2A state tennis tournament in boys singles, beating Merkel's Chase LeBlanc 6-0, 6-1 and Whitesboro's Jamison Burch 6-2, 6-2, setting up a finals match with Tuscola Jim Ned's Reese Cook at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Cook has survived to get to this point, having been taken to a tiebreaker in the first set of the first round and rallying to win his semifinal match 1-6, 6-4, 8-6.

The mixed doubles pairing of Shannon Mikesky and Aristides Espinosa from Schulenburg won their quarterfinal match against Whitney's Kelsey Leech and William Martin by a score of 6-4, 7-6 (3). Their semifinal match against Tulia's Carlos Subealdea and Madison Hoelting was suspended because of rain for a brief time, but play was resumed later in the evening. Subealdea and Hoelting defeated Mikesky and Espinosa 6-1, 6-1.

Other participants from the Crossroads were not as fortunate. Hallettsville doubles pair Tracie Smolik and Hannah Guevara lost their opening round match to the top-seeded girls double team, Wall's Sarah Adams and Shanna Collett, by a score of 6-4, 6-2.

Wharton's Holi Reynolds lost in the opening round of the Class 3A girls singles tournament, falling to Delaney Schroeder of Abilene Wylie, 6-1, 6-0.

East Bernard boys doubles pair of Mac and Caleb Gideon fell in the first round as well, losing to the top-seeded Class 2A boys doubles team of Tyler Keel and Collin McMullen from White Oak, 6-1, 6-0.

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