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TEAM TENNIS: Bulldogs sail in area round

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.

Nederland 10,

Richmond Foster 4

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.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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