Mason Daniels and the Barbers Hill team tennis squad is ready for the Class 5A bi-district round of the playoffs. The Eagles await to see if they play either Goose Creek Memorial or Galena Park in the first playoff match of the season next week. Ross S. Sterling played to clinch the No. 2 seed and a home bi-district match next Tuesday.

With the team tennis regular season wrapping up this week, a few area teams are getting ready for the postseason while some will look to the future.

Sterling, Goose Creek Memorial and Barbers Hill are preparing for the playoffs as Robert E. Lee and Crosby will begin to get set for the individual season beginning in February.

GCM is 4-4 overall and 3-2 in District 22-5A and its match against Galena Park Tuesday would determine who the Patriots play in the bi-district rounds. The match winner will take the No. 3 seed out of the district and the loser will be No. 4.

“The team has played fairly well in our last few matches,” GCM head coach Ismael Dutchover said. “They’ve gone out and taken care of business and done what I’ve asked of them and it has put us in the position we are in right now.”

Dutchover cites the play of Abraham Montoya, Nikko Lagrada and Lily Cisneros for their performances this season.

GCM will travel to Nederland for its bi-district opener next week.

The Eagles (6-4, 5-0) clinched the District 21-5A title, wrapping things up with a 17-2 win at Port Athur Memorial Tuesday. They host Galena Park to start the Class 5A playoffs.

“We have gotten better as we have advanced through the team tennis season,” Barbers Hill head coach Tyler Thames said. “We have outstanding leadership in Mason Daniels and Stephen Wong on the boys side and Sydney Underwood, Emily Tipton, Amy Buntin and Krissa Wright on the girls side.”

Sterling continues its recent run of excellence as it stood 11-6 and 6-1 as the Rangers wrapped things up with a 15-4 rout of Galena Park.

The Rangers secured second place in District 21-6A and a home bi-district match against Atascocita 3:30 p.m. next Tuesday.

“Going into the last week of the regular season and playoffs I feel pretty good about where the team currently is,” RSS head coach John Tremmel said. “This year I knew we would be young and need to gain quick experience. That is one of the reasons I scheduled a lot of heavy hitting teams this fall.” 

The Rangers top players this year have been Dave Daymiel, Ryan Jones, Graceanne Carsey and a number of improving sophomores.

REL (1-8, 1-4) had one more match left before heading into the offseason.

“Titus Batongmalaki has really emerged this year as a quality player,” REL head coach Brandon Funderburg said. “He finished 3rd in JV district last year and has stepped up his game immensely developing a nice serve and great topspin forehand.”

Crosby and head coach Stephen Olmstead battled low numbers en route to an 0-6 season.

“The team was very young and very inexperienced,” Olmstead said. “We had only one senior and the rest are ninth and tenth graders. Only four of the kids this year had any experience of any kind playing tennis much less competing at the varsity level so I am very proud of their efforts.”

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