Holds on for home win over La Porte

The Sterling Rangers team tennis squad found a way to play Friday after Tropical Storm Imelda finally bid adieu.

Yet, the host Rangers brought plenty of thunder and lighting as they rolled past La Porte 11-8 to move to 3-0 in District 21-6A play.

“Overall, I was very pleased with the outcome of the match,” RSS head coach John Tremmel said. “I knew coming in, La Porte would be experienced on the boys side. They had their Nos 1-5 players returning from last year.”

Sterling held a slight edge, 4-3, after doubles action as Alaina Hafer/Priya Dsai (6-4, 6-2), Graceanne Carsey/Crystal Smith (6-1, 6-0), Dave Daymiel/Ryan Jones (6-2, 6-4) and Brian Ward/Lauren Perry (3-6, 7-6 (4), (10-4)) earned RSS points.

Then in singles play, the Rangers rolled to the victory with wins from Carsey (6-1, 6-1), Dsai (6-1, 6-1), Caroline Wells (6-3, 6-0), Smith (6-0, 6-1), Daymiel (6-3, 6-0), Steven Mauro (6-2, 6-7(4), (10-6)) and Cameron Pequeno (6-3, 6-1) earned the Sterling squad the deciding points.

“Tied 3-3 the mixed team of Brian and Lauren were in a super tiebreaker,” Tremmel said. “They help under pressure and won.”

“We dropped four matches in a third-set super tiebreaker. We played well across the board, especially not having much practice this week due to the weather.”

Sterling returns to the court this week when it hosts unbeaten Deer Park at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday and then North Shore at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

NOTES: Robert E. Lee’s district match with Crosby, scheduled for Friday, was postponed due to Imelda’s effects. No makeup date has been announced ... Goose Creek Memorial’s match at Galveston Ball, also set for Friday, was moved to play at another time, but none was yet determined.

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