TAMPA — King fought off Chamberlain to claim the girls Class 3A-8 district title, edging the Chiefs by one point.
“The girls got it done (Monday),” King coach Don Rooks said. “We were in all five single girls finals (Monday) and we lost a doubles match today but we were still winning and that’s what we needed.”
The Lions finished with 20 points. In singles, Chamberlain No. 1 Nicole Mera defeated King’s Rachel Adler 6-2, 6-3, and in the No. 2 matchup, Durant’s Alexis Quinn prevailed 6-1, 6-3 over King’s Evelen Qi. King won the No. 3 (Jayash Ramanathan), No. 4 (Amber Mirajkar) and No. 5 (Susan Huong) singles finals.
In doubles, the Chiefs’ No. 1 team of Mera and McKenzie O’Brien defeated Adler and Qi 8-5, and in No. 2 Durant (12 points) won 8-5 over Chamberlain’s Caitlyn Lutz and Claudia Del Hierro.
“We are still pretty happy with second place,” Chamberlain coach Bill Workman said. “We were pretty confident going into the tournament. We think we have a good shot going into next week in (Pinellas).”
Andy Villamarzo, Times correspondent