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Tennis: Plant girls dominate 4A-6

As easy as it was for Plant High’s girls in Tuesday’s Class 4A-District 6 tennis finals, it was as difficult for Wharton’s boys — though both teams ended up winning titles. Plant’s girls — the two-time defending state champions — won every singles and doubles match in the tournament and lost seven total games, including a paltry two in the finals. Plant finished with 21 team points, 10 ahead of second-place Wharton. “I’d say we look just as strong as we did last year (at this time), if not a little stronger,” Plant coach Margaret Drumstra said. “Everybody played great.” Wharton’s boys had to win three singles “tiebreaker super sets” to take the team title with 13 points, just one ahead of second-place Plant.
Key Wildcats boys singles final victories included No. 1 Sam Chaffin, who won 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 10-8; No. 2 Alex Crnogorac 6-2, 3-6, 12-10; and No. 3 Tom Hwang 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 10-4. “I thought it would be close, and our guys came through in the big matches when they needed to,” Wharton coach Scott Ware said. “It was about as exciting as it possibly could be.” 2A-10: Jesuit, AHN win Jesuit boys tennis coach Joe Curtis suspects it’s one of the best records in Florida high school sports. He might be right. On Tuesday, the Tigers claimed the Class 2A-District 10 boys title, which Curtis, the team’s coach for 19 years, assumed was the program’s 22nd title in its last 23 district tournament appearances. Curtis said Jesuit lost the district title by a point about a decade ago, but went on to defeat the district champion in the regional tournament. Jesuit won all seven flights, led by No.1 singles winner and junior Jordan Nasser, who battled Robinson freshman Michael Marinskiy to win, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. Robinson advances to the regional tournament as district runner-up. Meanwhile, the Academy of the Holy Names continued a streak of its own, capturing its fourth consecutive title. The Jaguars won each bracket, while Lakewood advanced to the region tournament as district runner-up. “For me, individually, it’s great,” said sophomore Caroline Lozo, who has played on four consecutive district championship teams at Holy Names. Lozo played varsity tennis as a seventh-grader. “Going as a team (to regionals) is what motivates me to win.” “It’s exciting,” said sophomore Daniela Nasser, Jordan’s brother. “It’s nice to come out and play good.” Daniela Nasser, who defeated Dunedin’s Olivia Welsh in the No.?1 singles match, 6-0, 6-0, said she will be unable to participate in the regional tournament next week to compete in the USTA National Spring Championship in California. 3A-9: King sweeps The King boys and girls team dominated the Class 3A-District 9 tournament to claim consecutive titles for each program. The King boys, the defending regional champions, won their second straight title and third under coach Peter Adler, who is in his sixth season. “They were a strong team last year, but I think they’ve matured and have done more,” Adler said. “King is at the top crest of this wave of talent we’ve been handed.” Chamberlain juniors Hunter O’Brien and Joseph Fisher spoiled King’s chance at a sweep by defeating King in the No.1 doubles match, 6-3, 6-3, and the Chiefs advanced to the regional tournament as district runner-up. Chamberlain trailed Hillsborough by a point entering the No.1 doubles match. Adler’s daughter, Rachael, a senior, ensured King’s girls another district title. Tuesday marked the program’s third title in four years and fourth consecutive regional appearance. Adler helped King with victories at No.1 singles and No.2 doubles. Hillsborough finished as runner-up to advance to the regional tournament.
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