The Van doubles team of Abby Jones and Faith Kirk will be playing for a state championship.

The Lady Vandals won two matches on Thursday to advance to the UIL Class 4A girls doubles title match.

They are scheduled to play the state finals at 10 a.m. Friday at Texas A&M's Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station.

Jones, who is appearing in her second straight state tournament, and Kirk won their first round match over Chelsea Wilson and Rylie Helm of Midlothian Heritage 6-1, 6-2.

A win in the first round assures the netters of bronze, but the Lady Vandals wanted more. They won their semifinals match over the Canyon team of Taren Wells and Aubrey Thomas, 7-6, 6-3.

The state title match will match Jones and Kirk against the Boerne team of Catherine Coe and Georgia Rice, who won over the Wills Point team of Hope Turner and Maddie Hiler in the semifinals.

Turner and Hiler earned a bronze medal by defeating Natalie Brown and Neeley Farnum of Robinson, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

Other area boys netters in 4A included: Juan Gonzalez of Center in boys singles (lost in QF to Siddhartha Movva, Uplift North Hills Prep, 6-0, 6-0); Kash Adams-Joshua Schreffler of Wills Point (lost in QF to Adam Grocholski-Jace Ware, Pampa 6-1, 6-1 in boys doubles), Jack Tyra-Kalen Ray of Kilgore (lost to Asher Melton-Bryce Ware, Canyon, 6-2, 6-2 in boys doubles) and Mauricio Rojas-Solis-Keaton Watlington of Center (lost to Levi Wilkins-Noah DeLeon, Fredericksburg, 7-6 (2), 6-2) in boys doubles).

In girls singles, Palestine's Monique Ybarra and Longview Spring Hill's Lexi Penn captured quarterfinal wins. Ybarra defeated Olivia Alvarez of Fredericksburg in three sets, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Penn downed Victoria Befzen of Hereford, 6-2, 6-3. Spring Hill's Emmaline Nichols lost in the QF to Lenka Okasova of Decatur, 6-3, 6-1.

In 4A mixed doubles quarterfinals, three East Texas entries lost — Grant Mitchell-Shannon Lee of Texarkana Pleasant Grove (fell to Thomas Wainwright-Jaci Spies, Fredericksburg, 7-5, 7-5); Alex Shiller-Camryn Lupo of Palestine (fel to Reid Smith/Karson Parnell, Pampa, 7-5, 6-3) and Maz Morton-Micah Moore of Spring Hill (fell to Blake Boubel-Avery Stephens, Fredericksburg, 6-4, 7-5).

Texarkana Texas High's Quinn Sanders-Walker Trippe lost in a tough threesetter of 5A boys doubles to Drew Norman-David Stephens, Canyon Randall, 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1.

Area quarterfinals in Class 3A included — Boys singles: Daniel Shelton of Elysian Fields (lost to Tyler Webb, Holliday, 6-3, 6-1) and Riley Hamilton of Hooks (lost to Jack Marshall, Brady, 6-0, 6-2); Girls doubles: Tabitha Parker-Madlyn Bachtel of Edgewood (lost to Kylee Laverty-Katy Redder, Brock, 6-0, 6-3); and Mixed doubles: Jesse Gaut-Ashlee Wyatt of White Oak (lost to Devon Whitsel-Reyna Gonzales, Rockdale, 6-1, 6-1).

Class 2A quarterfinals results include — Boys singles: Tom Nguyen of Woden (defeated Kobe Richardson, Forsan, 6-1, 6-0), Boys doubles: Chase Bynum-Adrian Patterson of Linden-Kildare (lost to Jacob Armida/Cody Stone, Moody, 6-0, 6-2); Girls singles: Elizabeth Moreau of Woden (lost to Kate Gillespie, Mason, 6-2, 6-1); and Mixed doubles: Eve Morrow-Hunter Oliver of Martin's Mill (lost to Jaron Reynolds/Hannah Rule, Hawley, 6-2, 6-1).

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