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CLEARWATER — Shorecrest’s boys and girls teams swept Clearwater Central Catholic on Tuesday afternoon at the Royal Racquet Club, but they did it in much different ways. The Chargers boys teams won all five singles matches and both doubles matches for a 7-0 win. The girls team needed a win from its No. 2 doubles team to defeat the Marauders 4-3.
The girls survived thanks to their Nos. 3-5 singles players and the No. 2 team. CCC’s top player, Jacque Lazaro defeated Kathryn Komarnicki 8-1. No. 2 player Stephanie Cruz defeated Shorecrest’s Evie Sobczak 8-4. But Shorecrest’s Holly Bulleit won 8-3 over Meredith Reagin in No. 3 singles, Molly Manella won 9-7 over Oliva Camp in No. 4 singles and Melanie Friedman won 8-2 over Jessica Kuzio in No. 5 singles to give the Chargers a 3-2 lead.
After Lazaro and Cruz defeated Komarnicki and Sobczak 8-5 in No. 1 doubles, it came down to the final doubles match. Bulleit and Manella teamed to beat Reagin and Camp 8-3 give Shorecrest the win.
“It was kind of scary,” Manella said. “Everyone was watching us. But we were able to get it done.”
There was much less stress for the Shorecrest boys. The Chargers won all five singles matches, making the doubles matches unimportant. Shorecrest’s Nick Litsky, Peter Litsky, Logan Elder, Brendan East and Rohit Reddy won Nos. 1-5 singles respectively.
East and Nick Litsky also won at No. 1 doubles and Peter Litsky and Elder won No. 2 doubles.
The closest match in singles was Peter Litsky’s 8-3 win over Erich Klopfer.
“We’ve all been playing pretty good this year,” Peter Litsky said. “We have a tough match coming up against Tampa Prep. We’ll all be ready for that one.”