Crumps third at regional
BRYAN—Jacob and Kasey Crump’s dream of taking their brother-sister act to the state tournament had the curtain closed with a third place finish at the Class 3A, Region III regional tennis tournament at Bryan High School Tuesday.
After breezing through the first two rounds of the tournament, the Crumps ran headlong into the top seeded team of Alec Lucas and Emily Howard of Center in the semi-finals and were dispatched 6-3, 6-2.
The District 18-3A champions then disposed of Jeffrey Rollins and Kristen Ladner of Lufkin Hudson 7-6 (3), 6-4 for third place.
The Crumps—15-1 on the year—did not get a chance at a play-back because Lucas and Howard fell in the finals.
Andrew Cook and Caitlyn Harlan of Groesbeck captured the regional crown to earn a trip to the state tournament with a win over Lucas and Howard.
The Crump siblings took both matches Monday by 6-2, 6-1 scores as players had to deal with gusting winds.
The brother-sister team beat Hamshire-Fannett’s Alex Bell and Maggie Nix and faced another brother-sister team of Palestine’s Ben and Laren Shiller to reach the semifinals.
“They came out strong on Monday, but on Tuesday they seemed to be a bit more nervous,” said Rockdale tennis coach Sarah Warner. “But we were able to shake it off with a win for third place. We were hoping Center would win for a chance at a playback. I am very proud of my kids.”