WACO - Robert E. Lee tennis cruised to a 12-5 victory over Killeen Harker Heights in its opening-round match Thursday at the Class 6A District 11/12 area team-tennis tournament at Waco Regional Tennis Center.
The Red Raiders next face off against Waco Midway on Friday with a chance to advance to regionals. That matchup is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. at Baylor's Indoor Tennis Center due to the threat of rain.
It is the second-straight year for REL to face Midway in the 6A Region II area semifinals. Midway won 10-0 last year.
The District 11-6A runner-up, REL split doubles with Harker Heights before pouring it on in singles to run away with the required margin to end the team match. Lee went undefeated in both boys singles and doubles with Sam Hollis making it a clean sweep for any match featuring a Lee boy by taking care of business in mixed doubles.
Harker Heights won the three girls doubles matches, but REL bounced back in singles with Claire Fisher and Mollie Millslagle both grabbing victories to seal the result.
District 11/12 Area Team Tennis Tournament
Thursday at Waco Regional Tennis Center
Robert E. Lee 12, Killeen Harker Heights 5
Boys Singles - Will Shelton, REL d. Jacob Rogers, HH, 6-1, 6-3; Sam Hollis, REL d. Adam Duvall, HH, 6-2, 6-1; Peyton Drain, REL d. Chris Fuertes, HH, 6-3, 6-2; Nathan Drain, REL d. Tyler Adams, HH, 0-6, 6-4, 10-1; Sammy Leguizamo, REL d. Michael Victorian, HH, 6-1, 6-3; Andrew McDaniel, REL d. Michael Newby, HH, 6-7, 6-1, 10-5.
Girls Singles - Claire Fisher, REL d. Naddi Sieber, 6-1, 6-1; Dusti Patterson, HH d. Avery Riley, REL, 6-2, 6-2; Sierra Gesiolka, HH d. Rhea Dhakal, REL, 6-2, 6-3; Mollie Millslagle, REL d. Nellie Neal, HH, 4-6, 6-3, 10-4.
Boys Doubles - Shelton-Leguizamo, REL d. Jackson-Rogers, HH, 6-0, 6-4; Drain-Drain, REL d. Adams-Duvall, HH, 6-1, 6-4; Leguizamo-A.J. Bisagno, REL d. Fuentes/Victorian, HH, 4-6, 6-3, 10-4.
Girls Doubles - Patterson-Sieber, HH d. Riley-Griselle Esparza, REL, 6-2, 6-2; Gesiolka-Neal, HH d. Millslagle-Gabi Mercado, REL, 7-6, 6-0; Elysia Canales-Emma Holt, HH d. Mia Manley-Dhakal, REL, 6-3, 6-2.
Mixed Doubles - Hollis-Fisher, REL d. Adams-Newby, 6-2, 6-1.