Hillsborough County tennis teams fared well in Wednesday’s opening round of Class 2A and 4A play in the boys and girls divisions. In the 4A girls division, Plant stands tied for first with seven points with Cypress Bay with No. 1 Panther Blair Martin and No. 3 Gabby Rodriguez playing today for singles titles and the Panthers Nos. 1 and 2 doubles teams heading to semifinals. “(The team title) is up for grabs,” Plant coach Margaret Drumsta said of the Panthers bid to win a third consecutive state title. “We’ll have to play well and have some good things happen for us (in other outside matches).” In the 2A girls, Academy of the Holy Names was solid with its No. 1 and No.?2 players, Daniela Nasser and Caroline Lozo, each winning two matches and combining for another victory at No. 1 doubles.
The Jaguars didn’t score any points outside of their top two, but AHN still finished with five points to put it in the running for second place in the team competition behind Gulliver Prep, which is dominating. “I couldn’t possibly be any happier with the way we competed today,” Academy coach Sean Craft said. “This team overachieved to get here and now whatever happens is gravy. It’s been a great day for us and I’m so proud of all of them.” In 2A boys competition, Jesuit had an outstanding performance with Jordan Nasser, Daniela Nasser’s brother, winning two matches on Wednesday and heading to the No. 1 singles championship. The Tigers finished with seven points and have strong shot to finish as a team runner-up for the first time in 10 years. In 4A boys competition, Wiregrass Ranch struggled and its No. 1 player, Courage Okungbowa, lost his first-round individual match 6-1, 6-2.