ST. PETERSBURG — Tuesday's cooler temperatures were a welcome change for the girls teams from Seminole and Gibbs. The wind, however, was another story. With blustery conditions playing havoc with both teams, Gibbs pushed through for a 4-3 win over the Warhawks in 3A.
"It's harder to play in the wind," Gibbs No. 1 Lindsay Hodgdon said. "You have to think about every shot. I hate playing in conditions like this."
Hodgdon, a sophomore, won 6-2, 6-0 over Chelsea Meaton and teamed with Dianeka Perrien to win 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles. That doubles win was the difference as the Gladiators won three of five singles matches and needed just one win in doubles to clinch. Jibri Bailey won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 and Masani Bailey earned a 7-5, 6-2 decision at No. 5. The Gladiators host East Lake on Friday for the region championship.
East Lake 7, Largo 0: Lauren Espina won 8-0 at No. 1 singles and teamed with Lauran Eschenroeder to take the No. 1 doubles match 8-0. Eschenroeder won
8-1 at No. 2 singles.
St. Petersburg 7, Sarasota 0: Lindsay Dvorak continued her undefeated season with a 6-4, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles. St. Petersburg must defeat Sarasota Riverview on the road Friday.
Sarasota Riverview 5, Palm Harbor U. 0: PHU's Shaunte Southern (No. 1 singles) and Julia Tegtelbaum (No. 2 singles) both took their singles opponents to a tiebreaker before losing in straight sets.
Seminole 7, Largo 0: The Warhawks dropped just 14 games total. "All of my players did very well," Seminole coach Craig Corry said. "We were very focused and determined." Seminole travels to Lakewood Friday.
Lakewood 6, Osceola 1: The Spartans won four of five singles matches — losing only at No. 1 singles — and both doubles matches to cruise. With a win Friday over Seminole, Lakewood will earn its second straight appearance in the state finals.
St. Petersburg 4, Sarasota Riverview 3: St. Petersburg won three singles matches and got a victory at No. 1 doubles from Aaron Ellison and Edward Corty. Ellison (No. 1) defeated Kyle Hoffman 6-2, 6-1, Corty (No. 2) won 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 and Rob Perry (No. 4 ) was a 6-4, 6-3 winner. Ellison and Corty wrapped up the win with a 6-3, 6-4 victory in doubles. St. Petersburg will travel to play Sarasota on Friday.