CASSELBERRY — Berkeley Prep won only two matches and Academy of the Holy Names none on Day 1 of the Class A team state finals at Red Bug Lake Park. Neither can win the title today. Delray Beach American Heritage leads in boys (10 points) and girls (12).
The experience, though, gained by both underclassmen-laden teams bodes well.
Take Academy. The Jaguars didn't win a set, but coach Allen Liberato said he was pleased with the effort.
"We didn't expect to come up here and challenge," Liberato said. "We got a little taste. We're a young team with one senior. It was a good season."
The Jaguars top three — Bianca Roberts (6-3, 6-1), Caroline Lozo (6-2, 6-1) and Christina Socias (6-1, 6-0) — lost to players from St. Petersburg Catholic. No. 4 Christine Holcomb fell 6-1, 6-1 and No. 5 Sarah Port 7-5, 6-4. Both doubles also lost in straight sets.
Berkeley's Eric Fitz-Randolph won 7-5, 7-5 at No. 2 singles, and James Kennedy won 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) at No. 5 singles. Fitz-Randolph trailed 5-1 in the second set.
"I just stayed consistent," he said about his first trip to state. "I thought, 'I've done it before. I can do it again.' "
Nathan Graddy fell 6-1, 6-0 to top-seeded Andrew Butz of Vero Beach St. Edward's at No. 1. Zachary Ayers fell 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 and No. 4 Nikita Leonov 6-0, 6-0. Both doubles teams also lost.
Individually, at Sanford's Sylvan Lake Park, Tampa Catholic junior Kelly Sullivan made her first singles appearance memorable by reaching today's final.
The tournament's No. 2 seed easily dispatched Jacksonville Trinity Christian's Andrea Tyson 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and third-seeded Annisha Domenech from Orlando Circle Christian by the same score.
In the double bracket, Sullivan and Ashley Farrell, seeded second, had a first-round bye and face Calvary Christian's Shelby Groeneveld and Emily Groeneveld in the semifinals at about 3 p.m.