Academy of the Holy Names locked up a trip to state by winning a controversial doubles match against All Saints’, earning a 4-3 winning at regionals in Lakeland.
Holy Names and All Saints’ were locked in a 2-2 tie and about to play No. 1 doubles.
Holy Names’ usual No. 1 player, Bianca Roberts, did not play singles because of injury. But she teamed with Caroline Lozo in the pivotal doubles match. All Saints’ did not think Roberts should be allowed to play.
Holy Names coach Allen Liberato said there was no controversy.
“At the end of the day, our team persevered,” Liberato said. “There’s nothing more satisfying watching kids perform under pressure.
“There was no controversy. Bianca Roberts was our No. 1 player throughout the season and she came out and played doubles for us. We won the match we had to win, No. 1 doubles. And that’s the end of the story. We came out champions.”