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State tennis: River Ridge doubles pair falls short in finals

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — In the end, a coin flip determined the holder of one state championship trophy.

There was no tiebreaker, no way to determine an individual champion. Instead, Wharton and St. Thomas Aquinas split the honor after both teams scored 13 points Tuesday for the Class 3A boys state championship.

The Wildcats took home medallions and Aquinas took home the trophy. Wharton will have its trophy mailed home in the coming days and vice versa.

In girls doubles, the River Ridge duo of Nicola Wellman and Tijana Subotic faced a pair of 5-2 deficits in the second and third sets before defeating Winter Haven's Lauren Gruber and Abbey Martinez to advance to the individual doubles final. But the grueling three-set affair wiped out the girls, leading to a straight sets loss in the final.

"They used all their energy in the match before," Royal Knights coach Doug Howery said. "They gave it everything they had."

Also in girls action, Plant earned the program's first state championship with 15 points, well beyond second-place West Broward (nine). Plant did it with depth, with individual state titles going to No. 1 Amber Li, No. 3 Claire Mitchell-Andrews and No. 4 Morgan Nolan, and the No. 2 doubles team of Nolan and Carol Fraley. Li plays once more today for the overall singles title.

State tennis: River Ridge doubles pair falls short in finals 04/28/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 11:11pm]
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