WESLEY CHAPEL — Wiregrass Ranch found itself tangled in a hotly contested Class 3A region match Tuesday that ultimately displayed the Bulls' depth.
Wiregrass Ranch marched on with a 4-3 win over Oviedo, withstanding losses at Nos. 1 and 2 singles. Bulls No. 1 Spencer Ong lost 7-5, 6-4 to Dillan Kumar, and Eric Rivas fell at No. 2 to Brandon Glenn 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. Brandon Key defeated Ashwin Babuji 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4, and Dan Helfrich won 6-3, 6-4 against Arjun Babuji at No. 5.
At No. 3 singles, Landon Burstiner put his defensive style to good use for a 7-5, 6-3 win over Tacory Williams for the one-point edge heading into doubles play.
But the Bulls suffered another setback after Kumar and Glenn teamed at No. 1 singles to defeat the Bulls' Ong and Rivas 6-1, 6-2.
That put the pressure on the No. 2 team of Burstiner and Key, who defeated Williams and Arjun Babuji 6-3, 6-4 to advance the Bulls to Thursday's match at Daytona Beach Mainland.
"We've been basically telling them all year long good teams win," Wiregrass Ranch coach David Wilson said. "We may not have the best players at every position, but depth has helped us. We find spots to win when other guys aren't doing so well, and that's how we win matches."
2A: Rain delays Wildcats, Sharks
BROOKSVILLE — Rain didn't allow a winner to be decided in the first-round region match between Nature Coast and Wesley Chapel.
Only the first two singles matches had been completed when the skies opened up, with the two programs earning a split.
Wildcat No. 1 Yuya Burkhart had little difficulty dispatching Nature Coast's Tyler Schwefringhaus in their match, winning in straight sets and dropping only one game, 6-0, 6-1.
If the match stays as tight as expected, both players will have to step up their games for the top doubles match.
Burkhart, who is still focused on getting his team to state, was happy with his performance. The senior knows this is his final opportunity to get to the state tournament.
After having some difficulty with illness early this season, Burkhart isn't letting anything derail him now.
"The focus now is consistency," Burkhart said. "It's my senior year, and we've never made it past this point."
Nature Coast's David Cross battled back with a big win over Salman Dewji in the No. 2 match, 6-2, 6-3. Cross will team with Schwefringhaus to take on Burkhart and Cameron Roth in doubles.
Roth was locked in a tight match with Nature Coast's Zenon Kouts when the event was postponed.
Roth is 13-0 in singles on the season, while Kouts is 16-1. The pair had split the first two sets before being locked at one game apiece in the third.
The match resumes at 3:30 today at Nature Coast.
2A: Gators dispatch Leopards with ease
Land O'Lakes made quick work of Hernando in a 5-0 sweep.
The most anticipated match of the afternoon was at No. 1 singles where Land O'Lakes sophomore Colin Roller, who entered 14-0, went against Hernando senior Chris Nyholm (13-1).
"I've never seen him play," Roller said of Nyholm. "I tried using the time I had when he was warming up to try and figure out his game to win. … I just went out there and played."
Other winners included Land O'Lakes' Chris Story at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-0 over Jordin Williams.
At No. 3 singles, the Gators' Jordan Stewart defeated Adam Larson 6-1, 6-0. And at No. 4 singles, Land O'Lakes' Tim Falcon beat Matt Noto 6-3, 6-3.
Stewart and Falcon teamed for an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles before rain canceled the final two matches.
Times correspondent Derek LaRiviere contributed to this report.