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King coach Peter Adler figured his No. 5 singles player, Hengyi Wu, was in for a tough match in the Class 3A championship against Alan Sweet of Naples Barron Collier on Thursday in Altamonte Springs.
Alex Sweet, Alan’s brother, had beaten King’s No. 4 6-0, 6-0. And Alan did the same, beating Wu 6-0, 6-0.
“He could have played No. 2 or 3 for any other school,” Adler said. “He was tough.”
In the individual tournament, Sickles’ No. 1 doubles pair of Victoria Diaz and Sarah Hartman lost to Fort Lauderdale’s Jaclyn Rock and Jennifer Moores 6-0, 6-1 in the first round. And after receiving a first-round bye, Chamberlain’s Joseph Fisher and Hunter O’Brien lost in three sets to Edgewater’s David Neitzel and Peter Tong 7-5, 3-6, 4-6.
Class A: In her bid to become the first athlete from Carrollwood Day to win a state championship, No. 1 singles player Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph came up a bit short, losing in the championship match to the top overall seed, Gainesville P.K. Yonge’s Jazz Whittaker 7-6 (6-2), 6-1.
Jacquelyn, a freshman, and her sister Lauren, who is in seventh grade, also fell in the semifinals of the No. 1 doubles bracket 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to the eventual winners, Ransom’s Daniela Lopez and Annette Sullivan.
Tampa Prep’s No. 1 doubles team of Jake Gabay and Giacomo Campus advanced to the semifinals via forfeit before bowing out against the defending state champions from Sagemont 6-3, 6-3.