LAND O'LAKES — The Land O'Lakes boys were stopped in the 3A region quarterfinals, falling 4-3 Tuesday to Oviedo Hagerty. The Gators' No. 1 seed, 14-year-old sensation Colin Roller, continued to roll, winning 6-2, 6-2 over Miguel Caruaja.
But the key match was the Huskies' win at the No. 2 seed, as Hagerty's Derek Roth prevailed in three sets over Land O'Lakes' Brandon Vang 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).
"You can only ride two people so long in our season, and he (Vang) fought well," Gators coach Shawn Magee said. "Next year we have some more guys joining the team and we should be even better next year. This is just a start and we have something to look forward to next year."
Also in Class 3A action, Wesley Chapel lost in four sets to host Daytona Beach Seabreeze.
Class 2A: Bulls believe, topple Citrus
Wiregrass Ranch coach Dave Wilson and his team may have been the only people who believed that on the drive back from Inverness the Bulls would be looking toward the next round, as the Bulls upset Citrus 4-3. Wilson said the match that gave Wiregrass the edge was at No. 5 between Eric Rivas and the Hurricanes' Louis Delfin, as Rivas pulled out the 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 victory.
"I knew we had a decent shot going into Citrus and the boys came to play today," Wilson said.
In doubles, the Bulls' No. 2 team of Austin Hammond and Mitchell Phelps defeated Delfin and Zach Stanley 7-5, 6-2 to seal the win for Wiregrass. The Bulls travel to Lecanto on Thursday in region semifinal action.
Class 2A: Nature Coast overwhelmed
Nature Coast breezed through its district somewhat easily, but it had no such luck in the semifinal at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.
The match was over before the doubles teams took the court. Lecanto drubbed the Sharks 6-1 behind a huge singles victory from Tommy Saltsman.
"Tommy played the best match he's played all season today," Lecanto coach Jack Hall said. "He lost to (P.J. Watterson) in straight sets earlier this year."
In the No. 1 seed match, Lecanto's Saltsman took out Nature Coast's Watterson 6-3, 7-5. Simon Toftegaard got one back for Nature Coast and completed a perfect singles season at No. 2 by edging Joe Tamposi 6-0, 3-6, 6-2.
However, that was the only match Nature Coast would win,. Watterson (singles and doubles) and Toftegaard (doubles) already clinched spots at the state tournament with their performances at district.
Class 3A: Hillsborough earns big win
Jonathan Brill stood courtside to root for his alma mater.
The former Hillsborough tennis star last wore a Terriers uniform 15 years ago, but none of his teams had ever experienced a postseason match.
So he soaked up some of the atmosphere as the Terriers marched to a 7-0 win over Lakeland George Jenkins in Tampa.
Brill will return for Thursday's highly anticipated match against Wharton, a 4-0 winner over Newsome at River Hills Country Club in Lithia.
Brill will celebrate his 33rd birthday Thursday, and possibly something else if his Terriers can upset the defending Class 3A state champions.
"These guys deserve some support," Brill said. "… Some of these guys here are freshmen and sophomores. In a couple of years, look out."
Hillsborough advanced with little resistance. Brian Kowalski, Jay Mendoza and Jackson Murphy won in straight sets at Nos. 2, 3 and 4 singles. Hillsborough No. 1 Alex Peckham won 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 and No. 5 Karim Saad 6-7,6-4, 7-6.
Staff writer Izzy Gould and correspondent Derek J. LaRiviere contributed to this report.