Kiana Graham won the State Tournament this past week in College Station. She played the defending State Champion Sammi Gillas first round and beat her 6-2, 6-3!!! Kiana then won 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals setting up the Championship match Friday morning at 8:30 am. Once again Kiana played amazing and rolled her opponent 6-1, 6-2. Kiana went 26-0 this year and is only a FRESHMAN! While she is an incredible tennis player, she is a great student and wonderful person. Please congratulate her if you see her and Go Wood! This is our first State Championship since 2013. Video link at the bottom
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On Friday, Westwood High School freshman Kiana Graham completed the perfect tennis season.
With a 6-1, 6-2 victory over McKinney Boyd's Emma Gener at the Mitchell Tennis Center, Graham wrapped up the Class 6A girls singles title at the University Interscholastic League championships. She also finished with a 26-0 record while not losing a single set.
"I'm really relieved," Graham said. "I was really nervous the whole time, even between regionals and state. I ended up pulling it out."
Graham became the first UIL girls singles champion for Westwood since 2007.
"With her, it's very easy for me," Westwood coach Travis Dalrymple said of Graham. "She's such a fun kid to be around and a great person to be around, too. The tennis is just a part of her that's awesome."
To get to the state title match, Graham had to take down the defending 6A singles champion, Sammi Gillas of New Braunfels, in the first round. Graham's straight-set victory set the stage for her title run.
"I was really nervous," Graham said. "I wasn't expecting to play her first round. I think after I won that match my confidence went up a lot. Then I just played better throughout the tournament."