Plant High’s bid for a fourth-straight state girls team tennis title is still alive, but winning it will require a perfect effort and some luck in Tuesday’s second and final rounds of Class 4A team play at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.
Plant finished Monday in third place with seven points, one behind Cypress Bay and Boca Raton and three behind the leader, Dr. Phillips.
“This is very competitive and spread out this year,” Plant coach Jessica Lamm said. “We still have a chance but we need things to go right (today).”
Plant’s No. 1 player, Erica Oosterhout, remained alive after Monday’s two singles victories and a doubles victory with Gabby Rodriguez. Plant’s No. 2 doubles team of Lauren Corcoran and Moncia Phipps also remained alive after a victory. The Panthers, however, have no one else left to score points.
For Plant to have a chance, all the aforementioned Panthers must win out and Cypress Bay, Boca Raton and Dr. Phillips must knock each other off in the right scenarios.
In the girls individual singles competition, Newsome’s Kylie Moulin handily won her first two matches and remains alive. Moulin plays again at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
In the boys individual competition, Wharton’s Sam Chaffin won his first match but was eliminated in the second round, 2-6, 6-4, 11-9 by Jose Ortega of Miami Ferguson.
At Casselberry, Jesuit finished the first round in fourth place with three points with first-round victories from Alex Crosby at No. 3 and Gantt Meredith at No. 4.
The Tigers picked up one more point at No. 1 doubles when Palmer Evans and Max Azzarelli won their first-round match and will come back for another match this morning.
“We came in knowing this would be tough,” Jesuit coach Joe Curtis said. “We played as well as we could, but the competition is very tough.”
Gulliver Prep swept through the first round without losing a match and leads with 12 points.
On the girls side, Academy of the Holy Names also played well and gathered three points with victories from No. 1 Caroline Lozo and No. 3 Olivia Rivas and a first-round doubles win for Lozo-Rivas.
“For us this is a great experience,” AHN coach Sean Craft said. “This will only make us better.”