Sterling City steals the show at regional tennis tournament

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

Sterling City won the boys and girls doubles titles, each of them coming in memorable three-setters, to highlight a strong showing by Concho Valley schools that included championships by Water Valley and Irion County.

The match of the day was an all-Sterling City girls doubles final in which Kate Barnes and Mia Garcia defended their regional title with a tense 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 win 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 decided until Barnes and Garcia survived with a 7-2 win in the third-set tiebreaker.

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

They hope to meet in the final of that tournament as well.

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

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