ZEPHYRHILLS — Chelsea Smith avenged her only loss of the season at No. 2 singles then teamed with Sarah Vandeberg at No. 1 doubles to win the second-to-last match of the day and clinch the Class 2A, District 6 championship for Zephyrhills on Wednesday afternoon at Zephyr Park.
The Bulldogs, who coach Lorraine Hinkle said had not won a district title since 1999, scored 12 points and will host next week's region match. Gulf scored 10 points and must travel to Crystal River.
Going into the No. 1 doubles final, the Bulldogs led by one point, and a Bucs win could have forced a tiebreaker final match.
But Vandeberg and Smith fought off Miranda Gillespie and Demi Durkin in the first set and cruised in the second to win 6-4, 6-1.
"This was big," said Hinkle. "The girls really stepped up their games."
During the regular season, Gulf beat Zephyrhills 5-2. In that match, Durkin beat Smith 6-2, 6-1. But Wednesday, Smith returned the favor in the No. 2 final by the same score.
Gulf and Zephyrhills squared off at No. 1 singles (Vandeberg beat Gillespie 6-1, 6-1), No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles with the Bulldogs sweeping.
Gulf was 0-4 in finals but still edged into the runnerup spot past Pasco, which scored nine points.
The Pirates had two singles champs as Candace Peters won at No. 3 (beating Wesley Chapel's Clarisa Vulpe 6-1, 6-0) and Shelby Mander won at No. 4 (beating Gulf's Kaitlyn Magalon 6-4, 6-4). The two then teamed up at No. 2 doubles to beat Vulpe and Amanda Zimdars.