By I.C. Murrell | PA News
Welcome back to the third round, Bulldogs.
The Nederland tennis team had lost in the UIL area round each year between 2011-16 before finally reaching the 5A Region III quarterfinal last season. Now, the Bulldogs are a win away from matching their best tournament run in program history after winning Tuesday’s 5A area round match, 11-4, over Richmond Foster at Baytown’s Goose Creek Memorial High.
Nederland will play Friendswood at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Barbers Hill High in Mont Belvieu. The last time Nederland made it to the regional semifinals was 1993.
Against Foster, Nederland took a 6-1 lead in doubles, losing only the mixed match. Two of the girls singles matches went three sets, and the Bulldogs won both. Jayci Wong overcame a narrow first-set loss to beat Natalia Barron 5-7, 6-2, 10-4, and Han Vo defeated Daniela Cuotto 6-2, 4-6, 10-6.
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Boys singles: Brandon Do, Ned, def. Joseph Dryer 6-2, 6-1; Anthony Nguyen, Foster, def. Tommy Hoang 6-1, 4-6, 10-7; Laurence Tarquinia, Foster, def. Tereul Jimenez 6-2, 6-3; Joshua Tran, Ned, def. Spencer Hornbeck 6-4. 6-4; Jarrett Atterberry, Ned, def. Eke Chukwuemeka 6-2, 1-0
Boys doubles: Do-Jimenez, Ned, def. Dryer-Tarquinia 6-4, 6-1; Hoang-Atterberry, Ned, def. Eke-Borces 6-1, 6-2; Grice-Tran, Ned, def. Thurmond-Hornback 6-3, 6-3
Mixed doubles: Anthony Nguyen-Natalia Barron, Foster, def. Saahir Dhanani-Laurel Marroquin, score not available
Girls singles: Jayci Wong, Ned, def. Barron 5-7, 6-2, 10-4; Megan Do, Ned, def. Kali Prior 6-1, 6-1; Han Vo def. Daniela Cuotto 6-2, 4-6, 10-6; Jana Nidoy, Foster, def. Grace Rigby 6-3, 7-5
Girls doubles: Wong-Rigby, Ned, def. Prior-Cuotto 6-2, 6-2; Do-Vo def. Nidoy-Webster 6-1, 6-0; Gonzalez-Hardy def. Ocana-Althaus 6-0, 6-0.