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2A-10 tennis: Steinbrenner girls, boys teams impressive

OLDSMAR — The Steinbrenner girls cruised and the boys finished a close second to Jesuit as both teams from the fledgling school advanced to region play.

The Steinbrenner girls were clearly the strongest team in the Class 2A, District 10 tournament, scoring 15 points, well ahead of Spoto, which finished second with five points.

The Warriors were led by junior Kaleigh Wagner, who rolled in both of her matches, 6-0, 6-0.

"Kaleigh has been great for us," Steinbrenner coach Karen Olsen said. "She hasn't lost a match in the district all season, but everyone is going to have to step up because each round is going to get tougher and tougher."

The Jesuit boys won the district and secured homecourt in region play by squeaking past Steinbrenner 18-16.

Jesuit freshman Jamie Sullivan set the tone by defeating Steinbrenner's Luke Blankenship 6-0, 6-1 in No. 1 singles.

"It feels really good to win the district," Sullivan said. "We are a young team that is improving; we are going to play as hard as we can on every point and see how far we get."

The match of the day was No. 4 singles between Steinbrenner's Preston West and Jesuit's Ryan Walden.

West dropped the first set but fought back to take the match, winning the final set 7-5.

"After dropping the first set, I tried to slow the match down, keep him moving and get some long rallies going," West said. "I played to my strengths."

2A-10 tennis: Steinbrenner girls, boys teams impressive 04/15/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 15, 2010 10:59pm]
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