Sterling City steals the show at regional tennis tournaments

Sterling City High Schools Mia Garcia, left, and Kate Barnes hug each other after the girls doubles championship at the Region II-1A Tennis Tournament at Bentwood Country Club on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

SAN ANGELO – Sterling City made its mark on the Region II-1A Tennis Tournament on Tuesday at the Bentwood County Club.

Sterling City won the boys ‘and girls’ doubles titles, and each of them came in memorable three-setters, to highlight a strong display from the Concho Valley schools, which included championships by Water Valley and Irion County.

Today’s match was an all-Sterling City girls doubles final, with Kate Barnes and Mia Garcia defending their regional title with a thrilling 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 victory over teammates Kinzee Woods and Brooklyn Gaines.

Sterling City Kinzee Woods returns a serve during the girls doubles finals at the Region II-1A Tennis Tournament at Bentwood Country Club on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Her partner was Brooklyn Gaines.

The match lasted about three hours and was not settled until Barnes and Garcia survived with a 7-2 victory in the third set tiebreaker.

Despite the loss, Woods and Gaines were able to avoid a playback, and both Lady Eagles teams advance to the UIL State Championships on the 26th-27th. April in San Antonio.

They also hope to meet in the final of that tournament.

Sterling City head coach Wendy Justiss said the two teams have beaten each other several times, including a win over Woods and Gaines in the district.

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