Even with Coppell's rich tradition of excellence in tennis, it is still very difficult to reach the pinnacle event in Texas - the UIL State Championships. Thus, it does not happen very often. In fact, when it happens, you get your name on the CHS Tennis Center building.
But it happened again, and this time it was Justin Chen, Coppell Junior, representing the Cowboys in Class 6A Boys Singles. In College Station at the State Tournament Quarter-Finals, Justin defeated Sebastian Herrera of El Paso Franklin in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
In the State Championship Semi-Finals, Justin ran into some really stiff competition, and fell to Kevin Zhu of Pearland Dawson. Justin earned his trip to State in fine fashion, moving through the Regional draw undefeated last week in Waco.
Justin defeated the #2 seed from Austin Anderson 6-3,6-3 in the semi-finals, and went on to defeat Houston Memorial 6-2,6-7(10-12),6-1 in the finals (a match that lasted over 3 hours), to earn the coveted title of Regional Champion, and a berth in the State Championships.
Congratulations Justin - Good Job at Regionals & State!!!