CLEARWATER — Osceola swept its way into regionals with wins over Largo in the boys and girls Class 3A, District 11 tournament at Royal Racquet Club on Tuesday.
The Osceola boys team won titles at Nos. 2 and 3 singles and swept doubles to beat the Packers 19-12 in the two-day tournament. Osceola’s girls got clutch wins at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles to edge Largo 18-17.
Osceola’s Michael Detsis won the boys No. 1 final over Northeast’s Chris Cooley, 7-6 (9-7) 6-2. Largo’s Kelly Taylor defeated Osceola’s Jade Smith 6-3, 6-4.
Detsis and Cooley played a nearly three-hour match. The first set alone took almost two hours. Each game had long rallies, with Cooley returning just about everything Detsis hit. But Detsis eventually wore him down.
“It was deuce games just about every game,” Detsis said. “When you get lobs back just about every time it’s hard to really do anything. You just have to concentrate and keep playing hard.”
Taylor and Smith played a more traditional match. They met in the regular season with the same result, but Taylor, a sophomore who advanced to state last year as an individual No. 1 champion, said this match was tougher.
“I knew it was going to be a really hard match,” Taylor said. “She is a really good player. I had to be at my best. I did what I had to do to win.”
Detsis and Taylor automatically qualify for the state tournament in two weeks. Also qualifying were the No. 1 doubles teams of Detsis and Alberto Lense, and Osceola’s Jade Smith and Jessica Schroeder.
Detsis and Lense defeated Largo’s Brent Babista and Peter Jackson 7-5, 6-2. Smith and Schroeder defeated Taylor and Artemis Makris 6-1, 7-5.
The girls team championship hinged on doubles. When the No. 2 doubles team of Jayla Smith and Meredith Riccardi defeated Largo’s Gabrielle Emery and Lisa Rickards 6-1, 6-0, Osceola secured the title.
This is the sixth straight year the Largo boys and girls teams have advanced to regionals.
Also winning district titles Tuesday, Osceola’s Jordan Alexander (No. 2), Osceola’s Luke Alexander (No. 3), Northeast’s Miroslav Mijatovic (No. 4) and Largo’s Chris Walters (No. 5) for the boys; Osceola’s Jayla Smith (No. 2), Osceola’s Schroeder (No. 3), Largo’s Rickards (No. 4) and Largo’s Yuliya Chashchina (No. 5) won for the girls.
Class A, District 9: For the 11th straight year, Shorecrest’s boys tennis team won the Class A, District 9 championship.
Tied with Bradenton St. Stephen’s to start the day Tuesday, the Chargers won seven of nine matches and beat St. Stephen’s by three points at Out-of-Door Academy.
Shorecrest eighth-grader Peter Litsky won an individual championship at No. 3 singles. Sophomore Logan Elder won at No. 4 and senior Brendan East won at No. 5.
The No. 1 doubles team of Nick Litsky and Alex Saltiel won the district championship and automatically qualify for the state tournament.
The No. 2 doubles team of Peter Litsky and East were runnersup.
The Shorecrest girls finished third, missing out on qualifying for regionals. Molly Manella won the individual championship at No. 5 singles.
Class 4A, District 8: Sarasota Riverview dominated the boys and girls matches at King Middle School in Bradenton, so much that the county teams participating had to concede the team titles and focus on qualifying individuals or advancing as a runnerup.
St. Petersburg’s boys advanced to regionals by finishing second. Kyle Bulleit (No. 4 singles) and Matt Kopelman (No. 5) each lost in the finals. St. Petersburg’s No. 1 doubles team of Robert Dvorak and Dylan Sleszynski also lost in the finals.
Seminole’s Matt Madsen (No. 1) and Travis Andrews (No. 3) lost in their singles finals. The Warhawk girls finished as runnersup thanks to a strong performance from the top of their lineup.
Amy Lowther, Cailynn Madsen and Alexandra Jones lost in the finals, but Lowther and Madsen teamed up to win No. 1 doubles.
The Green Devils’ No. 1 singles player, Agatha Ambrozy, won her final in a three-hour marathon. Teammate Robyn Perry won in the finals at No. 5.
Class 2A, District 10: Jesuit swept all five singles competitions and won at No. 1 doubles, while Robinson finished as the boys runnerup at Hillsborough Community College.
No Tiger lost more than two games, as Jamie Sullivan (6-0, 6-0), Jordan Nasser (6-0, 6-0), David Pagliarulo (6-0, 6-1), Palmer Evans (6-1, 6-1) and Maxwell Azzarelli (6-2, 6-0) were all victorious. Sullivan and Nasser also won No. 1 doubles 6-1, 6-0. Jesuit finished with 20 points.
On the girls side, the Holy Names won matches at Nos. 1, 2, and 3 singles and No. 1 doubles as the Jaguars took the district title for the third year in a row with 24 points. Lakewood, which won at No. 4 (junior Alexis Dangar) and 5 singles (junior Anjelica Williams), came in second with 17 points.
Staff writers Bob Putnam and Laura Keeley contributed to this report.