From start to finish, Plant junior Erica Oosterhout was nearly perfect Wednesday on the tennis courts at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, winning a Class 4A state overall singles title in the morning and following with a state overall doubles title in the afternoon.
Following an 8 a.m. start, the hard-hitting Oosterhout defeated Newsome freshman Kylie Moulin 6-1, 6-1 to take the overall singles title, though she did have to scramble a bit just minutes before the match.
“I thought (teammate Gabby Rodriguez) and I were playing doubles first, so I was out there warming up on another court when they called my name for singles,” Oosterhout said. “So I had to quickly switch (courts). But it wasn’t a problem because I did get warmed up (with Rodriguez).”
About 30 minutes after her singles victory, Oosterhout and Rodriguez, who often play an aggressive doubles style at the net, cruised through a 6-0, 6-2 victory in the team doubles final. Not long after that, Oosterhout-Rodriguez defeated East Lake’s Angel Deng and Kimberly Herrock 6-1, 6-4 to take the overall doubles championship as well.
“Gabby and I play so well together,” Oosterhout said. “We’ve known each other a while. We know each other’s personalities, and that helps a lot.”
As a team, however, Plant fell just short of winning its fourth consecutive title, finishing in a three-way tie for second with Boca Raton and Orlando Dr. Phillips, all of whom totaled 10 points. Weston Cypress Bay ended up winning with 13.
“We gave it everything we had, and we’re OK with that,” Oosterhout said. “I feel good about everything.”
Strong showing for Wiregrass Ranch
Wiregrass Ranch had an impressive showing at the Class 3A tournament at Sanlando Park and advanced its top four singles players and both of its doubles teams.
Early in the day, Wiregrass swept through its first-round singles matches, dropping just one set among its top five players: Agie Moreno, Pedro Fernandez, Alejandro Feliciano, Foresight Okungbowa and Sebastian Castillo.
Later at No. 1 singles, Moreno advanced to the final by winning 7-5, 6-0 over the defending state champ, Alan Sweet of Naples Barron Collier. Feliciano won his semifinal match 6-3, 6-0 to advance to this morning’s final, and Okungbowa and Fernandez won their semifinal matches 7-5, 6-1, and 6-1, 6-3, respectively.
In doubles, Moreno and Fernandez advanced to the semis by winning 6-1, 6-3, while Okungbowa and Feliciano won at No. 2 in straight sets.
Wiregrass leads Barron Collier 11-9 in points.
King, Tampa Prep ousted in team competition
Hillsborough County’s chances for a team state championship were doused with King and Tampa Prep eliminated from title contention on the first day of the 3A and 1A tournaments.
Tampa Prep’s girls team, which earned three points to finish the day in a three-way tie for fourth place, still has an opportunity to produce two individual state titles, with sophomore Paige Leavy advancing to the team No. 1 singles final and teammate Izabelle Baskette advancing to the semifinals of the team No. 1 doubles bracket.
Leavy faces Miami Ransom Everglades’ Allegra Hanlon in a matchup of the top two singles players in the team bracket, which will be played today at 8 a.m. at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry. With a win, Leavy advances to the overall singles championship to face the individual singles bracket winner.
The King boys, meanwhile, are tied for fourth place after earning two points, receiving first-round wins from its Nos. 1 and 2 singles players.