HOLIDAY — Last season, the Wesley Chapel and Land O'Lakes boys teams had to settle things with an extra day of tennis.
Consider today's extra session Take 2.
Wesley Chapel and Land O'Lakes were tied after Thursday's matches, each with 15 points, to set up a winner-take-all match at 2:30 today at Sunlake. The champ claims the Class 2A, District 6 title. Both teams advance to Tuesday's regionals; the winner hosts Hernando, and the runnerup travels to Nature Coast.
Gulf finished third with seven points, followed by Mitchell (five), Pasco (four), Zephyrhills (three), Sunlake (0) and Anclote (0).
Land O'Lakes was in position to win outright, trailing Wesley Chapel by a point with three matches undecided.
The Gators were heavy favorites in both doubles matches, winning with ease. Colin Roller teamed with Chris Story for a 6-1, 6-0 win over Wesley Chapel's Yuya Burkhart and Cameron Roth. Tim Falcon and Jordan Stewart won 6-1, 6-0 over Zephyrhills' Gentry Morgan and James Ainey.
The key match was at No. 4 singles, with Falcon vs. Wesley Chapel's David Sanchez. Falcon had a chance to put it away, holding serve with a 5-4 lead in the third set. But Sanchez took the next two games before Falcon forced a tiebreaker. Falcon trailed 5-2 before rallying to tie, then took a 6-5 lead. Sanchez won the final three points for the victory and all-important team point.
In other action, Roller earned an automatic berth to state with his 6-1, 6-1 victory over Burkhart at No. 1 singles.
Other individual winners included Story's 6-0, 6-0 win against Gulf's Victor Cao at No. 2 singles. Roth defeated Gulf's Garrett Williams 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3. And at No. 5, Wesley Chapel's Brandon Martinez defeated Gulf's Luis Pimentel 6-4, 6-4.
Izzy Gould can be reached at email@example.com or (813) 421-3886.