HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Vandegrift finishes as runner up in District 25-6A

The Vipers play in area tournament this week

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For the second straight year, Vandegrift tennis took on Lake Travis for the district title. And for the second straight year, the result was the same.

The Vipers finished as runners-up in the district, falling 10-8 to the Cavaliers in the district final at Lake Travis last week.

"Obviously, we'd like to have won," Vandegrift head coach Daniel White said. "But I'm feeling pretty good about how we performed overall."

When Vandegrift and Lake Travis met earlier this year, the Vipers lost 10-5.

Blane Kanak and Deven Bapat were the only boys' singles to win their match, beating Lake Travis 3-6, 6-4, and winning the third set tiebreaker.

Vandegrift's Gabby Cusano and Charli Delmonico took outlasted the Cavaliers to win the No. 1 doubles in a three-set thriller and Kailey Chase and Kenna Thomason swept their match, winning 7-5, 6-1.

The Vipers saw the middle of the singles lineup perform well as the No. 3 Kanak, No. 4 Bapat, and No. 5 Arvind Venkatesan all pick up wins in singles play. Delmonico and Anisha Apte won their matches on the girls' side.

Vandegrift and Westlake both won matches on Monday and they another match later this week, but the collision course is once again in motion for the Vipers and Chaparrals to face off Monday at 1 p.m. at Vandegrift. The winner would move on the meet Lake Travis.

The Vipers hope the third time's a charm.

"We're in a good place as a team," White said. "This was a much more competitive match and our team believes in ourselves and that we could have won this match. I'm excited to see what happens going forward."

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