Tennis Regional Results

posted Apr 26, 2018, 7:28 AM by Joe Cordova   [ updated Apr 26, 2018, 7:44 AM ]

The Region IV- IA Tennis Championships took place at East View High School in Georgetown April 19 th
and 20th . Knippa’s qualifiers included Ryan Cox, Carlos Koehl, Jason Samarripa, Diego Esquivel, Candace
Suarez, McKaia Barnes, Gabby Menchaca and Bethany Keeney.
The tournament kicked off with boy’s singles at 8am on Thursday morning. Carlos was our first to play
and defeated Seth Read from Chester 6-0, 6-1. He would then move on to the quarters. Ryan had a bye
first round so his first match began around 11:30am. Ryan defeated Blankenship from Spurger 6-
2, 6-2 to move on to the semis where he would meet Garcia from Bynum. He swept Garcia with
a score of 6-3, 6-0 which moved Ryan into the finals. Carlos was set to play Acker from McMullen
and stomped him 6-1, 6-1. Ryan and Carlos played each other in the finals on Friday morning at 8:30am.
The Knippa seniors battled out their match but Ryan finished with a score of 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 to take the
gold! Carlos would then have a playback against Connor Garcia for second place. Carlos lost the first set
against Garcia 6-4 but came roaring back with a 6-3, 6-4 win!! These two boys have had a great last
season and we could not be more proud!!
In girls’ singles, McKaia played her first round against Yarbrough from Martinsville and took the
win with a 6-1, 6-1 score. Meanwhile, Candace was due to play Spaulding from Chester in the
quarters. She swept her match with a 6-0, 6-0 win. Candace continued to win her next match in the
semis against Ramirez from Runge 6-2, 6-3 which would advance her into the finals. McKaia
played hard against Miller from Spurger but took a loss of 6-0, 6-1 in the quarters. Suarez and
Miller were set to play in the finals. Suarez lost the first set 6-4, but came back to take the lead and win
the next two 6-0, 6-2 finishing with the gold!
In boys’ doubles, Jason Samarripa and Diego Esquivel blew through their first match against Garcia and
Warren from Prairie Lee 6-2, 6-1. They would then play Turner and Blaha from McMullen in the semis
finishing with a 6-2, 6-2 win. In the finals, Esquivel and Samarripa met up with DeLosSantos and
Gutierrez from Runge. The Knippa boys battled hard but took a loss of 6-3, 6-1 to the Runge team.
Esquivel and Samarripa then had a playback against Manis and Skelton from Utopia. The final score was
6-4, 6-0 with our Knippa team taking second at regionals!
In girls’ doubles, Bethany Keeney and Gabby Menchaca swept their first match against Grissom and Ellis
from Spurger 6-1, 6-0 in the quarters. The Knippa team dominated Schuenemann and Wilson from
Nordheim 6-0, 6-1 in the semis. Keeney and Menchaca would face Gonzales and Ruiz from Utopia in the
finals. The Knippa girls took the lead and won 6-2, 7-5 and finished with the gold!
Ryan, Carlos, Gabby, Bethany, Candace, McKaia, Jason, and Diego have had an awesome season, and it’s
not over yet. They have worked very hard to get where they are. Regionals was very exciting and Knippa
has seven out of the eight qualifiers going to State. The State tournament will be held at the Mitchell
Tennis Center and Omar Smith Instructional Tennis Courts at Texas A&M University on May 17 th and 18 th .
Coach Speer and Coach Alejandro have thoroughly enjoyed being with these kids all year! The hours
these kids spend on the court truly has its rewards!