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2A-6 district tennis: Pasco wraps up girls title, runnerup in limbo

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Thu. April 7, 2011 | Steve Lee

ZEPHYRHILLS — Pasco put the finishing touch on the Class 2A, District 6 girls title Thursday, winning two of the remaining five finals at Zephyr Park.

The tournament, which was partially rained out Tuesday, will be extended a fourth day to determine the runnerup. Defending champion Zephyrhills and Land O’Lakes tied with 10 points, five behind the Pirates and just one ahead of Gulf.

Despite being the tournament host, Zephyrhills will play at Land O’Lakes today in pro sets beginning at 3 p.m. Home court goes to the Gators, who edged the Bulldogs 4-3 during the regular season.

“I’m fine with playing a tiebreaker at Land O’Lakes,” Zephyrhills coach Lorraine Hinkle said. “I think we’re evenly matched. I think it will be close.”

Pasco clinched the title with Mady Johnson’s 6-1, 6-3 win over Zephyrhills’ Sydney Owens, and Rebecca Pelham’s 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 defeat of Gulf’s Katelyn Magolan in Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively.

The Pirates, who earned the top seed courtesy of an 8-0 district mark in the regular season, had players in five of the seven tournament finals.

“It puts an exclamation point right at the end of our season,” Pasco coach Don Charlick said. “Finally, the girls understand. They can see the picture.”

The Pirates host 2A-5 runner-up Nature Coast in Tuesday’s regionals while the Land O’Lakes-Zephyrhills winner travels to Crystal River.

In Thursday’s other singles finals, Zephyrhills’ Sarah Vande Berg defended her district title at No. 1 with a 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Land O’Lakes’ Wenyi Gu, and Land O’Lakes’ Joslyn Lafond beat Norah Taylor 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4. Gulf’s Alyssa Lukish and Magolan took the No. 2 doubles match 6-3, 6-4 over Pasco’s Johnson and Taylor.

Vande Berg, a junior, is headed to state for the second straight season in both singles and doubles.

“The second time’s a little more exciting,” Vande Berg said. “I know what to expect at states, so hopefully I’ll do better.”

Vande Berg was eliminated in the first round of singles play at state last year and made it to the second round in doubles.
 

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