Rangers tennis players named top boy and girl for fall season
With the team tennis season complete, coaches nominated players for the Baytown Sun Select Tennis Team honors.
The nominations are based mostly on coach recommendations.
This year, the Sterling High School squad advanced to the area round and were led by a senior girl and a freshman boy that made the biggest impact on the court as Graceanne Carsey and Dave Daymiel have been chosen as Players of the Year, respectively.
“I think Dave and Graceanne are both deserving,” RSS head coach John Tremmel said. “For them to receive this recognition is exciting for the team, the coaches, and Sterling. They both bring a lot to the team and helped us win a lot of matches this year. They set the tone and the expectations of what it means to be a competitor, teammate, and Ranger tennis player.”
Daymiel played No. 1 singles and doubles and finished 10-5 and 13-4 respectively. He and his partner, senior Ryan Jones, formed one of the better doubles teams during Tremmel’s tenure, the coach said.
“I thought coming in as a freshman the pressure would be on me since I was coming in as the No. 1, but if I was going to lose I was going to go out there and try my best,” Daymiel said. “My team was always there for me. They cheered for me and that energy was always there.”
Daymiel gave credit to his senior doubles partner Ryan Jones.
“He was very experienced in doubles so I felt like he was good at the net and me at the baseline was why we dominated. He didn’t treat me like a freshman.
Tremmel appreciates the young leader’s worth ethic.
“His hard work is contagious to the other guys on the team,” Tremmel said. “It pushes everyone to work harder, and continue to improve. Dave’s freshman fall season was solid across the board, a lot of wins, and hard work.”
Carsey went 14-5 at No. 3 singles and while playing every line on the doubles ladder managed to go 12-7 for the Rangers.
“It was her versatility and her ability to adapt that made the biggest impact on the team,” Tremmel said. “I knew Grace would be a strong point for us her senior year. Playing line 3, it was almost a guaranteed win for us, and in several instances her win was the one that helped us reach 10 wins overall. She has been a great role model for the younger girls on the team.”
Carsey’s senior year has gotten off to a rousing start as the individual season beckons in February.
“I felt I could have done better, but overall it was my senior season and I improved from my freshman year,” Carsey said. “I had a lot of fun and that’s most important. Winning came with that.
“I do think I stepped up and I played my best in every match.”
The 2019 Select Team
Mason Daniels, senior, Barbers Hill: A team leader for head coach Tyler Thames – the District 21-5A Coach of the Year – went 7-3 in singles and 6-3 in doubles to help set a tone at the top of the ladder.
Ryan Jones, senior, Sterling: Went 13-4 overall in doubles play and 5-1 at No. 1.
Titus Batongmalaki, senior, Robert E. Lee: Playing No. 1 singles, he went 7-4 and added a 5-6 doubles accounts. “Titus is our best player and most improved player over the last two years,” REL head coach Brandon Funderberg said. “He has developed an impressive aggressive forehand as well as first serve. Titus is a great kid, he’s motivated and dedicated.”
Amy Buntin, senior, Barbers Hill: Considered an overachiever by Thames, she went 8-1 in singles and 8-3 in doubles.
Lily Cisneros, sophomore, Goose Creek Memorial: Started out as No. 4 singles player and worked her way up to the top spot as the season progressed. “She embraced playing kids who were better with her,” GCM head coach Ismael Dutchover said. She went 5-3 in both singles and doubles.
Nikko Lagrada, senior, GCM: He went 7-1 in both singles and doubles. “He stepped up his game in big matches and welcomed the challenge every time,” Dutchover said. “He’s a fierce competitor, absolutely loves a big challenge. He is a leader on our team and his fire and passion is easily seen in practice and on the court.”
Abraham Montoya, senior, GCM: The senior went 7-1 in doubles with LaGrada and 6-1 in singles where he played No. 1 in the team’s last three matches.
Sydney Underwood, senior, Barbers Hill: A team captain for the Eagles, she went 8-3 in singles and 7-4 in doubles.
Caroline Wells, sophomore, Sterling: Went 7-3 at No. 5 singles and earned a bi-district win over Atascocita.
Greg Yzquierdo, junior, Barbers Hill: Thames said the junior had “an awesome year and he will be one of my best next year.” He went 8-3 in doubles and 7-4 in singles.
Krissa Wright, senior, Barbers Hill: Finished her career with a 9-2 doubles and 8-2 singles record this fall.
Jyro Ayson, senior, GCM
Hector Gonzalez, senior, GCM
Evan Kerr, junior, REL