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Houston Christian retains SPC tennis crown

May 28, 2019

The Houston Christian boys tennis team were likely the favorite to repeat as Southwest Preparatory Conference champions.

The Mustangs returned all of their all-conference players from 2018 — senior Kenner Taylor and juniors Jakob Mosvold and Peyton Erck. They added a fourth USTA Super Champ player in freshman Kabeer Kapasi.

It was enough for another undefeated season, capped by a 3-2 victory against Episcopal School of Dallas in the SPC championship match.

As they have all season, the Mustangs swept the singles matches against ESD, with Mosvold clinching the championship in the No. 2 slot against a skilled opponent. He broke serve in the second set to win 6-3 for the team’s final point, while the No. 1 doubles match was headed to a decisive set.

The Mustangs had ample doubles depth as well, with Kabeer and senior Matthew Caldwell playing No. 1 and sophomore Josh Caldwell teaming with junior Jackson Davenport or senior Andrew LeBlanc.

Houston Christian enjoyed another year with multiple championships as the boys basketball team also repeated. Of the 24 SPC champs from the 2017-18 school year, 13 were able to repeat.

The Mustangs continued an impressive run on the tennis court that includes a 2017 SPC boys final appearance.

The tennis program has been guided by an experienced coaching staff of former professional players and college coaches.

Houston Racquet Club pro Ann Hopper and former University of Houston head coach Stina Mosvold both played on the WTA Tour. Former ATP Tour player Ted Erck and former UH assistant coach and HRC pro John Hooper serve as volunteer coaches.

Mosvold said the coaching work is made easy by the ability and commitment of the players, many of whom balance high school practice with private training.

“The players that have come to Houston Christian have been very strong,” Mosvold said. “We’re very fortunate. Our program is also very strong as a community. We have great support from parents and the kids represent Houston Christian very well. It’s just a joy to coach these kids.”

The Mustangs featured one of the state’s top singles lineups, private school or UIL. Taylor, who will play for Texas A&M next year, is ranked No. 1 in the state by the USTA. He never lost a match at Houston Christian, earning all-SPC honors four times including in 2017 with his brother, Graham Taylor.

Mosvold (No. 19) and Erck (No. 40) are state-ranked and completed a trio that went undefeated in high school matches this season. Mosvold’s career includes the tennis equivalent of a perfect game, winning a match without losing a point.

Including the tournament, Houston Christian swept four of its nine SPC matches. The Mustangs finished 6-0 in South Zone play, then defeated Fort Worth Trinity Valley 3-0 and Dallas St. Mark’s 3-1 to reach the SPC tournament final at Memorial Park, drawing a crowd that created what Mosvold compared to a college atmosphere.

Houston Christian hosted the girls tournament. One year after reaching the semifinals, the Mustangs finished fifth in the SPC in that bracket, defeating Fort Worth Country Day 4-0, falling 3-0 to Hockaday and finishing with a 3-2 win against Oklahoma City Casady.

Between the boys and girls teams, Houston Christian will graduate an accomplished class that includes Colby Cameron, Jackson Carmichael, Corrie Hopper, Trent Smith.

Juniors Emily Dziedzic, Lauren Way and Kate Welsh, sophomores Emma Dickey, Celina Matta and Daniella Nassar and freshmen Claire Allen, Adrian Moore and Morgan Speller are among the potential returning players looking to raise the level of the program even higher.

HOUSTON CHRISTIAN SPRING ALL-SPC SELECTIONS

Baseball: Will Allen, Daniel Yu

Boys lacrosse: Ian Wallace, Elijah Cobb, Ryan Peschel

Boys tennis: Kenner Taylor, Jakob Mosvold, Peyton Erck

Boys track: Steven Claypool, Will Vail, Joseph Mosbey

Girls lacrosse: Annabelle Alemand

Softball: Katie Hartwell, Lauren Hoyt, Ragan Broussard

Girls tennis: Daniella Nassar, Emily Dziedzic

Girls track: Esohe Asuen

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