Coronado’s Naomi Katz, Ian Uraga seek success at UIL state tennis

Last season was a breakout year for Coronado tennis player Naomi Katz, earning Region 1-6A runner-up and state runner-up medals.

This season, the senior has set her sights on winning a Class 6A championship. Katz won the District 1-6A championship, then followed up with the Region 1-6A girls singles title last week.

On Tuesday at the Northside Tennis Center in San Antonio, she’ll begin her quest for the state title in the two-day event.

“I have no pressure, I’m having a great time out there and just trying to play the best tennis I can,” said Katz, who is a Georgetown signee. “I feel relaxed headed to state. I played well at regionals and just want to keep improving on what I do.”

Coronado High School tennis player Naomi Katz prepares to head to the state tourney at practice on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at Coronado High School in El Paso, Texas.

Katz seeks to become the first girls state champion from Coronado since 1993 when Christina Cararis won a Class 5A title for the Thunderbirds. Katz will face Tara Ahmadi of the Houston Memorial in the quarterfinal round.

“To have the chance to go back to state is special,” Katz said. “Winning the regional championship was great and means a lot. I want to represent my school, my family, my community to the best of my ability.”

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