Billies' Constantine, Maxcey repeat as state doubles champs
Another state tournament means another championship trophy added to the collection.
The Fredericksburg High School duo of Broque Constantine/Claire Maxcey won the UIL Class 4A Tennis State Tournament’s mixed doubles bracket to finish as back-to-back state champions.
Constantine/Maxcey defeated Kaitlyn Hathorn/Davyn Williford of Abilene Wylie, 6-3, 6-4, in the finals of the tournament, held on Thursday and Friday, May 17-18, at Texas A&M University in College Station.
“It was a little more nerve wracking (this year),” Constantine said. “From the start of the spring season, we had a target on our backs. Everyone wanted to beat us because we’re the defending state champions. That’s what we did last year.”
They beat Spencer Lin/Ashley Smyser of Abilene Wylie to win the title in 2017.
The FHS duplet started the match down two games to Wylie and were trailing in the third game but came back to win the first set.
Constantine/Maxcey had a chance to win the set during Constantine’s serve at 5-3, but Wylie broke the set to drag it out another two games.
“I was definitely really excited,” Maxcey said. “The stress was lifted off my shoulders after the match was over, and I was proud to have won twice in a row.”
The pair also beat B.T. White/Sarah Castleberry of Vernon in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-1, and Garrett McGuire/Megan Dwamena of Lampasas, 6-3, 6-4, in the semifinals.
Constantine/Maxcey’s win is FHS’ first back-to-back state doubles title and third repeat of any division.
“Any time you can win gold medals back to back, it’s pretty impressive,” coach Randall King said. “With golf being a factor for Broque in the spring, at times, you kind of wondered, ‘Are we going to get there?’ But regionals rolled around and when things needed to be on the ball, it was there. Good tennis was played. You’re always happy to get a gold medal, but when you get it two times in a row, you’re ecstatic.”
Nicki Mechem won girls’ singles in 2000 and 2002, and Hannah Boubel won three straight state championships in girls’ singles from 2014-2016.
The mixed doubles win also marks the Billies’ fifth straight state championship won during the spring tournament.
Constantine ends his career with two mixed doubles golds, a team tennis gold medal (won in 2015) and two team tennis silvers (won in 2014 and 2017). He also qualified for mixed doubles in 2016.
FHS pairs out in quarters
The Billies had two more doubles pairs play in the state tournament.
Levi Wilkins/Caitlyn Halford also qualified in mixed doubles.
The two finished in the quarterfinals after losing to eventual state runners-up Hathorn/Williford, 6-1, 6-1.
“We worked very hard to prepare for this match after the draws came out,” King said. “The Wylie duo played very well, and we were unable to execute our game plan as well. Levi and Caitlyn both played very well. Each game within each of the sets was very hard fought. It really came down to not catching a couple of breaks, or the outcome would have been much closer.”
Sophomores Blake Boubel/Noah Deleon advanced to state in boys’ doubles, where they lost in the quarterfinals to state champions Kash Adams/Chase Daniell of Wills Point, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-0.
“The boys played very well,” King said. “We had some issues with unforced errors that hampered them throughout the match. It was a great experience for our team. It is important to be on the big stage early and often to see success down the road.”
Boubel/Deleon was FHS’ first state qualifying boys’ doubles pair since 2016.