WACO - Robert E. Lee sophomore Claire Fisher is through to the semifinals of the Class 6A Region II tennis championships at Waco Regional Tennis Center.
Fisher, seeded No. 2 in girls singles, made quick work of Michaela Csjkos of the Woodlands in the first round, winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1. Fisher was even more impressive in the quarterfinals, defeating Garland Sachse’s Tina Khuu in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
“Claire is looking good and she is playing with a lot of confidence,” REL coach Ronnie Blake said. “She is sure about what she is trying to accomplish. She if focused on what she came here to do.”
Fisher moves on to Wednesday’s semifinals.
In boys singles, Peyton Drain pushed past Eduardo Duarte of Houston MacArthur in his first-round match, 6-0, 6-1. Lengthy rain delays pushed his quarterfinal against No. 2 seed Andres Almazan to Tuesday evening. When it finally began, Drain dropped the first set, but battled back to win the second set 7-5. It was the only match left on the court, with Almazan ultimately winning the third set to defeat Drain.
REL’s mixed doubles team of Cole Von Eschenbach and Lilly Deatherage took care of their opening-round match, defeating Garland Lakeview’s Moeck and Moeck, 6-2, 6-0. Von Eschenbach and Deatherage were stopped themselves in the next round, losing in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) to Wang and Reddy from Austin Westwood.
The top two finishers qualify for the Class 6A state tournament, May 18-19 at Texas A&M’s George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.