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Rassner, Shuvalov reach state tennis final

May 20, 2019

A bit of friendly rivalry fostered at the state tennis tournament on Friday.

The Class 6A boys doubles final did more than pit Houstonians. It was the fourth meeting this season between Clements’ Jaycer Lyeons and David Peters and Memorial’s Cole Rassner and Drew Shuvalov.

Lyeons and Peters earned a split in the series with a 6-2, 7-5 victory to take state gold. Rassner and Shuvalov wound up with silver around their necks and a rivalry to remember.

All four players are seniors and Friday’s match meant a great deal.

“Not as much all-Houston but just playing them so many times throughout the season, we didn’t want to play anyone else,” Shuvalov said.

The first two meetings won by Memorial’s duo required a third set with the third meeting taking place in the regional finals, which the Clements pair won.

Friday’s match was hotly contested again with Lyeons noting his and Peters’ good start but a rocky second set that required some grit to take. They overcame the challenge to end the year with the biggest prize.

“We’re good friends with them so that was a great, friendly battle and a lot of good energy,” Lyeons said.

Said Peters on winning an all-Houston final: “That was a big moment, bragging rights definitely back in Houston.”

Shuvalov recovered from hip surgery in the fall to play in the spring. He and Rassner’s silver adds to a nice two-year run for Memorial, which won the team tennis state title in 2017 and continues to find success in the spring championships.

The Mustangs sent three doubles teams to the state tournament. Alexsandra Dimitrijevic and Natalija Dimitrijevic competed in girls doubles, while Taylor Stafford and Gracie Hamilton made state in mixed doubles.

Slaughter wins playoff for state silver

Memorial senior and University of Houston signee Zoe Slaughter finished among the elite golfers in Texas last year, placing third at the UIL state tournament.

She had an opportunity for an even better finish this year and delivered, winning a playoff for the silver medal to close a remarkable high school career.

Slaughter carded rounds of 71 and 70, May 13-14 at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown. Her 141 was only two strokes from the lead and tied Austin Westlake’s Sadie Englemann and Hebron’s Jennie Park for third.

Memorial finished fifth as a team, carding rounds of 300 and 308 for a 608. The Mustangs were further represented by Jackie Nguyen (73-78—151), Ashleigh Stoehr (77-79—156), Victoria Papas (79-81—160) and Cathilyn Lee (89-88—177).

Staff writer Jack Marrion contributed to this report.

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