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Class 2A-ARegion tennis semifinals

Region tennis: Class 2A-A roundup

ST. PETERSBURG — There are routs, and then there are the thrashings administered by St. Petersburg Catholic's boys and girls tennis teams in the region semifinals.

The Barons boys swept Sarasota Booker in singles matches. The Tornadoes, who graduated some of their top players after winning a region title last season, couldn't get anything going as St. Petersburg Catholic's quintet of Michael Kopelman, AJ Shuyler, Quenten Gabay, Zach Hotz and Luke Burton each cruised to victories.

Sarasota Booker decided to default doubles play.

It was just as easy for the Barons' girls, who met little resistance in sweeping singles and doubles matches from Sebring.

Jerica Coley won 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles, as did No. 4 Molly Smith. The only points the Barons allowed were at the No. 1 spot, which Alyssa Bellini won 6-1, 6-2, along with Danielle Nickerson's 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 and Melissa Smith's 7-5, 6-3 at No. 5.

The doubles matches, played in pro sets, were won 8-0, 8-2.

"It was about as close as perfection as we could get," Barons coach Brett Hayman said.

Class A boys

Shorecrest 4, Tampa Prep 3: The Chargers won thanks to the top of their lineup.

Garrett Betsarakis won at No. 1 singles, and Alex Saltiel picked up a victory at No. 2.

Shorecrest also won at No. 1 doubles in straight sets and took No. 2 doubles by winning the third set.

Class A girls

Tampa Prep 4, Calvary Christian 3: The Warriors started strong with Julianne Gruber knocking off four-year state qualifier Kelly Palmer at No. 1 singles and Theresa Linnert winning at No. 2 singles.

Gruber and Linnert also teamed up to win No. 1 doubles.

But Calvary Christian couldn't get anything else going.

Berkeley Prep 4, Shorecrest 3: The Chargers were trying to exact revenge after losing to the Buccaneers early in the season.

Shorecrest had a chance after winning the top two singles matches and No. 1 doubles. But the Chargers couldn't prevail at No. 2 doubles, which proved to be the difference.

Region tennis: Class 2A-A roundup 04/15/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 11:09pm]
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