Lee's White fallls in regional quarters, doubles upset

Rahil Doctor (left) Preston White and Hunter Scammahorn pose for a photo on the tennis courts at Robert E. Lee High School. The Raiders trio competed Tuesday at the Class 5A Region II tennis tournament in Waco. (Shannon Wilson | Tyler Morning Telegraph)

WACO — Robert E. Lee senior Preston White got over the first hurdle at regionals, but the second proved too much.

White was stopped in straight sets by top seed Miguel Alda, 6-4, 6-0, in the quarterfinals Wednesday at the Class 5A Region II tennis tournament at Waco Regional Tennis Center.

White entered as an underdog but proved to be a tough out. The Lee netter drew Andrew Hardwick from Garland Naaman Forest in his first round match. He won in three sets, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, to face Alda.

"Preston played great," Lee coach Jessica Taylor said. "He was down 5-2 in the third set and fought back and overcame several match points to win."

Rahil Doctor and Hunter Scammahorn entered the week with visions of qualifying for state, but the duo was stopped right out of the gate. Doctor-Scammahorn lost to Lenz-Kadamangudi from Klein in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

It was the first loss in nine months for Doctor-Scammahorn.

"They had a tough first-round match," Taylor said. "We played hard, but couldn't put it together the times we needed to."

The regional exit closed out the 2012-13 campaign for Lee tennis with Scammahorn, a junior, returning next year.

"We had a great season, but came up short," Taylor said. "We play in a tough region and you always know anyone can win it. I really wish we could've pulled it out, but the guys played hard and I couldn't have asked more out of them."

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