The third trip to a regional tennis tournament resulted in the first trip to state for Belton junior Jacob Daugherty continued his dominating performance at the Region I-5A Tournament on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Sebastian Langdon of Flower Mound Marcus in the boys singles final.
“He came in with high expectations for himself and I think we did, too,” Belton coach Kyle Larson said. “Having experience at regionals before helped.
“After the match he had that grin on his face. Knowing Jacob, he’s just a fun kid, you could see he was excited. It might take a couple days for the reality of it to set in.”
Daugherty earned his first trip to the state tournament April 29-30 at Texas’ Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “Last year I lost in the first round at regionals, so I was nervous coming in. My goal all season was to get further than last season and hopefully make it to state.”
Daugherty, seeded No. 4, won three matches Monday to reach the final. He won his first two matches by scores of 6-2, 6-0, and beat No. 2 seed Martin Brown of El Paso Coronado 6-1, 6-1 in a semifinal.
“He showed he was better than the fourth seed and he proved it out there,” Larson said. “We’re ecstatic about it and happy for him.”
The regional win seemed to come a lot easier for Daugherty than his District 8-5A title last week, in which he beat Waco Midway’s Matt Tyer 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) in the championship. To get to the final, unseeded Langdon upset No. 1 seed Ricardo James of El Paso Franklin, 6-3, 6-2.
Daugherty and his sister, Katie, advanced to regionals in mixed doubles in 2011 and won their first match before being eliminated. Katie Daugherty advanced to state in singles as a junior, losing her first-round match.