Knippa Tennis Team Dominated The 2017 District 31-A Meet

posted Apr 5, 2017, 9:20 AM by Joe Cordova   [ updated Apr 5, 2017, 9:21 AM ]

The Knippa tennis team dominated the 2017 district 31-A varsity and JV tennis meet held April 3 - 4 to win 4 team championship plaques and advance nine varsity players to the regional meet.  In the varsity boys' singles divisions, Ryan Cox won the district title and Carlos Koehl claimed the runner up spot. In varsity girls' singles, Candace Suarez took the district title and McKaia Barnes won the consolation title.  In the varsity doubles competition, Gabby Menchaca and Bethany Keeney won the runner up title in the girls' division. Emily Cortez and Lizandra Figueroa-Silva took the third place medals.  Diego Esquivel and Jason Samarripa claimed the runner up spot in the boys' doubles event. The team of Andrew Rowland and Troy Santos won the consolation title.  In varsity mixed doubles, the team of Dylan DeLeon and Kloe Martinez upset last year's State runner up team from Utopia in the semifinals to qualify to the regional meet as the district second place team. Coby Gass and Chanice Rattler claimed the consolation title in the mixed doubles event.  The Lady Crushers claimed the district girl's team championship with 35 points over runner up team from Utopia and Leakey who earned 17.5 points each.  The Rockcrushers earned 40 points to take the team championship over second place team from D'Hanis with 15 points.  In the JV division, Knippa also won both the girls' and boys' team titles. The girls earned 40 points for first place over D'Hanis with 12 1/2 points as runner up.  The boys earned 25 points to take first over the Rocksprings team who had 15 points.  JV players included Nathalia Figueroa-Silva who won first in girls' singles while Nayelli Avila won second place. Vincent Zavala won first place and Elias Alardin who took second place in boys' singles. David Mehrle finished in fourth place while Chevy Collins took the consolation championship award.  The Knippa entries in girls' doubles swept the division with the first place for Sabrina Maltos and Madison Barkley, second p;ace for Miay Esquivel and Kaylin Nandin, and third place for Destiny DeLeon and Anna Packer. It has been a great regular season for Coach Radicke and Coach Speer who are very proud of what the athletes have accomplished and will be busy getting the 9 first or second place varsity finishers ready for the regional meet set for a April 18-19 in Georgetown. Good Luck KHS tennis players.