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2016 Dragon Tennis

May 24, 2016 03:53PM ● By Editorial Intern f

Finishing the fall season as district champions with a 19-5 overall record, the Dragon tennis team is once again serving the competition this spring. They are back on the road to state. With four players heading to the state tournament this season, Southlake Carroll is tied with Lubbock Coronado for the highest number of players qualified. The boy’s doubles team of Matt Landers (Sr.) and Alex Reusche (Jr.) improved their spectacular season after defeating Keller, 7-6, 6-4 in the Region 1 finals. This will be Landers’ second consecutive state tournament appearance and the first for Reusche. Two more Dragons will also continue their quest for a state title as sophomore Arman Dave and freshman Nicholas Ryniak finished in the top two in the Region 1 singles tournament. Playing a game of friendly fire in the finals, Dave beat Ryniak to win Region 1. It was the second consecutive finals victory for Dave, who beat Ryniak to win the district 7-6A singles title earlier in the season.

Season Update

District Champions, State Qualifiers

Both the boys and girls teams won district championships this season. Each doubles team had success in the district tournament as the boys, girls and mixed doubles teams received gold and silver medals, respectively. In mixed doubles, senior Brady McClanahan and freshman Maddie Ripa capped off the season as District 7-6A champions. The girls duo of Cameron Wang and Taylor Reusche and the boys team of Zach Meader and Cole Westland finished second in their tournaments. With a state championship in mind, the Dragons believe they can compete now, and for years to come.

“This has been a great season. Although we lose 10 seniors next year, we expect to reload,” says Head Coach Corey Aldridge.


Head Coach: Corey Aldridge

Assistant Coach: Brenna Athens

Abbas Kizilbash         Sr.

Brady McClanahan   Sr.

Brooke Elia                 Sr.

Cameron Wang         Sr.

Deborah Rao              Sr.

M. MacTavish             Sr.

Marissa Rath              Sr.

Matt Landers             Sr.

Nishita Pondugula    Sr.

Zach Meader              Sr.

Akash Hemanth         Jr.

Alec Reuasche            Jr.

Callen DiGiovanni      Jr.

Carter Tryon              Jr.

Christina Miano         Jr.

Cole Westland           Jr.

Matthew Ollar           Jr.

Arman Dave               So.

Ashley Kim                 So.

Chris Lash                  So.

Jacob Guy                   So.

Rory French               So.

Taylor Reusche          So.

Emily Lau                   Fr.

Madison Rippa          Fr.

Nicholas Ryniak         Fr.

Samantha Lowe         Fr.

Tiffany Landgraf       Fr.