Alicia Salazar

Alicia Salazar, shown in an earlier match, became the first Lady Leopard to win a conference tennis singles title with her victory in the finals of the 7AAAA tournament at Arkadelphia.


ARKADELPHIA — Alicia Salazar became the first De Queen girl to win a conference singles title when she took the championship at the 7AAAA tennis tournament Oct. 1 in Arkadelphia. 

The Lady Leopards finished second in the team competition and the De Queen boys third.

Tennis teams

The De Queen tennis teams at the 7AAAA tournament included, from left: (front) Johan Saldivar, Cynthia Torrez, Jarel Gonzalez, Jorge Soto, Natalie Martinez, Alicia Salazar; (back) Ian Garcia, Juan Loaiza, Anna Stinnett, Kimberly Figueroa, Jennifer Lagunas, Marian Dodart, Maggie Lugo and Gamma Lerma.

Salazar won three matches in the tournament. She clinched the title by defeating Arkadelphia’s Dixon in the finals 7-5 and 6-4.

Salazar’s only loss came in the semi-final to Arkadelphia’s Lloyd. After losing the first game 2-6, Salazar came back to take the second 6-4 then win the tie breaker 1-0.

Salazar began the day by beating Mena’s Sims 6-4 and 6-0.

Also in girls singles, Lady Leopard Jennifer Lagunas won in the first round by dispatching Mena’s O’Donnell 8-1 before losing in round two to Nashville’s Burnett 6-2, 6-2.

Boys Singles

De Queen’s Ian Garcia was the runner-up in boys singles, losing to Arkadelphia’s Allen 4-6, 4-6.

Garcia overcame a slow start to top Mena’s Martin 5-7, 6-0 and 1-0. Garcia then won 6-0, 6-0 over Arkadelphia’s Womack in the second round.

Jarel Gonzalez defeated Mena’s Holmes 6-3, 6-1, but fell to Allen 0-6, 5-7 to finish third.

Girls Doubles

In doubles play Lady Leopards Maggie Lugo and Natalie Martinez beat Malvern’s team of White and Paul 8-2 before falling to Arkadelphia’s Lowery and Overturf 0-6, 0-6.

De Queen’s Anna Stinnett and Kimberly Figueroa topped Mena’s Bowling and Ayers 8-0, but fell to Nashville’s Pinkerton and Gibbs 2-6, 3-6 and to Lowery and Overturf 7-5, 6-7 and 0-1.

Boys Doubles

Gamma Lerma and Juan Loaiza of De Queen lost to Arkadelphia’s Hunley and Baker 3-6, 2-6. 

De Queen’s Johan Saldivar and Jorge Soto fell to Nashville’s Backus and Howard 0-6, 0-6.

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