Shorecrest’s boys team finished Day 1 of the Class A state tournament tied for second at Red Bud Lake Park in Casselberry.
Three Chargers — Alex Saltiel (No. 2), Peter Litsky (No. 3) and Brendan East (No. 5) — advanced to today’s finals, which begin at 8 a.m. Saltiel and East both won their matches in straight sets, while Litsky had a tougher first-round game, dropping the first set 2-6 before bouncing back for a 6-2, 7-6 (6-2) win over Ransom’s Nicolas Barone. Litsky’s next match was a breeze in comparison, as he topped Maclay’s Matheus Schneider 6-4, 6-1.
No. 1 Nick Litsky lost his first match Wednesday and No. 4 Logan Elder lost in the second round. Shorecrest’s No. 1 doubles team of Nick Litsky and Saltiel lost in the first round, 6-3, 7-6 (6-1) to St. Edwards’ Joshua Kane and Harlen Swift.
The Chargers’ No. 2 team of Peter Litsky and East won their first set 6-1, before dropping the final two 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 to St. Edwards’ Sean Carrick and Oliver Wilkey.
With only three possible points left, the Chargers can finish no higher than second, same as last season.
“We were looking good at doubles but we weren’t able to put them away,” Shorecrest coach Matt Litsky said.
Class 3A: Osceola’s Michael Detsis and Largo’s Kelly Taylor both made early exits at Lake Brantley. Detsis lost his first-round match 6-0, 6-1. Taylor’s match, 7-6, 6-3, was a bit closer against Niceville’s Olivia Durden, a favorite to win an individual title.
“I’m really encouraged by how she played,” Largo coach Mike Pease said. “The girl she played will probably win the state championship. But she hung in there and played a good match.”
Detsis and No. 1 doubles partner Alberto Lense play today at 9 a.m. at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs. The duo got a bye into the second round when their opponents were unable to play due to injury.
Osceola’s girls doubles team of Jade Smith and Jessica Schroeder were unable to compete because Schroeder tore her rotator cuff in regionals.