ZEPHYRHILLS — A Thursday night ruling from the Florida High School Athletic Association on the controversial scoring of the Class 2A, District 6 girls tennis match gave Land O’Lakes second place over Zephyrhills.
Following Thursday’s results in a tournament extended to three days due to a rain delay, host Zephyrhills was scheduled to play at Land O’Lakes Friday to decide the runnerup. Pasco won with 15 points while Land O’Lakes and Zephyrhills were seemingly tied with 10.
But Zephyrhills coach Lorraine Hinkle got an e-mail from Gary Pigott, the FHSAA’s senior director of athletics, explaining that the Gators had 10 points, and Zephyrhills and Gulf each had nine.
“It was pretty disappointing,” Hinkle said. “The funny thing is that it was the way I was doing the scoring (from the outset).”
Hinkle told other coaches the rules stated that each round counted for one point, but several argued that rule excluded play-in matches for the first round. Hinkle said she gave in, but felt vindicated by the final ruling.
While the defending district champion Bulldogs did not advance to regionals as a team, Sarah Vande Berg qualified for state at No. 1 singles and in No. 1 doubles with Sydney Owens.