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Pinellas: Tennis region semifinals preview

Region tennis semifinals

All games at 3 p.m. unless noted.

Boys

Class 4A

Sarasota Riverview vs. St. Petersburg at Lake Vista Park: Riverview has qualified for state the past two years, beating St. Petersburg in 2006 to make it.

Class 3A

Largo at Seminole: Seminole took care of Largo pretty handily in their one regular-season match, although it was only the second match of the season for both teams.

Osceola vs. Lakewood at St. Petersburg Country Club: Osceola's Ryan Frazier won a district title at No. 1 singles and teamed with Ryan Mars to win the No. 1 doubles title. Lakewood beat Osceola 6-1 three weeks ago, but Osceola forfeited three of those matches.

Class 2A

Booker vs. St. Petersburg Catholic at Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club: The Barons are more than undefeated No. 1 singles player Michael Kopelman. Zach Hotz (No. 4) and Luke Burton (No. 5) showcased SPC's depth by winning district singles titles.

Class A

Clearwater Central Catholic at Berkeley Prep (Wednesday): Junior Jose Lazaro won a district title for CCC at No. 2 singles. CCC placed second in four other district events. Berkeley Prep dominated the A-9 tournament, winning 20 of 21 matches.

Tampa Prep vs. Shorecrest Prep at Racquet Club of St. Petersburg: Michael Betsirakis leads a Shorecrest lineup that won six of seven titles at districts. His match with Tampa Prep No. 1 singles player and A-9 district champ Alex Hallenbeck should be a good one.

Girls

Class 4A

Sarasota vs. St. Petersburg at Lake Vista Park: St. Petersburg looked nearly unbeatable in completing a perfect sweep at the district tournament, going 7-for-7 in finals matches. The Sailors will need an entire armada to bring down the Green Devils.

Palm Harbor University vs. Sarasota Riverview at Brookside Middle School: Riverview won five of its seven district finals matches to earn 19 of a possible 21 points. Palm Harbor qualified in all seven events but couldn't break past St. Petersburg.

Class 3A

Largo vs. East Lake at Palm Harbor University: East Lake is aiming for its third straight trip to the state finals. The Eagles have defeated the Packers head-to-head once before this season.

Seminole at Gibbs: After earning its first district title in dominating fashion, Gibbs could make even more tennis history with a region win today. The Gladiators have to be the favorite against Seminole by virtue of its 5-2, regular-season victory over the Warhawks.

Class 2A

Sebring vs. St. Petersburg Catholic, 1:30 p.m. at Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club: With another year of experience under their belts, the Barons are looking to improve on their fourth-place finish at state last season.

Class A

Calvary Christian vs. Tampa Prep at Harbour Island Athletic Club: Tampa Prep, led by four-year state qualifier Kelly Palmer, won six of seven titles at districts.

Berkeley Prep vs. Shorecrest at the Racquet Club of St. Petersburg: These teams played early in the season, with Berkeley Prep winning 5-2. At the district tournament, the Bucs needed a 4-3 victory in a head-to-head tiebreaker with Winter Haven All Saints' to advance to the region semifinals after both teams tied for second behind Tampa Prep.

Bryan Burns, Times staff writer

Pinellas: Tennis region semifinals preview 04/14/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 8:44am]

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