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State tennis: Tampa Prep's Leavy falters in Class A final

CASSELBERRY — While Tampa Prep's hopes of a girls team championship ended Wednesday, it had two players alive for Class A individual titles Thursday at Red Bug Lake Park.

In the No. 1 singles final, Paige Leavy lost 6-2, 6-4 to Allegra Hanlon of Miami Ransom Everglades.

"I know it's kind of a cliche, but it really was a closer match than the score makes it look," Tampa Prep coach Chris Cary said.

"The girl she played gave her a bit of a hard time. She played a lot of baseline shots. But Paige played well. I'm proud of our whole team, and we only lose one senior."

Leavy then teamed with Izabelle Baskette in the No. 1 doubles semifinals only to fall 6-2, 6-3 to Ransom Everglades' Hanlon and Daniela Lopez.

One local did take home an individual championship. Canterbury's Evan Holvoet won two matches, including 7-5, 6-1 over Shaun Berman of Miami Country Day in the final.

"I really wanted to medal," he said. "I'd never done it before, and this was my last chance."

A sore back will keep Holvoet from playing in today's overall championship.

Class 3A: Wiregrass Ranch and Naples Baron Collier shared the boys overall championship at Altamonte Springs. Each scored 15 points and will be co-champions. It was the first team championship in any sport for Wiregrass Ranch. The Bulls' Agustin Moreno won the No. 1 singles championship 6-7 (4-6), 6-1, 6-0 over Davey Roberts of Palm Coast Matanzas. Moreno faces John Carlin of Fort Myers for the overall championship this morning.

State tennis: Tampa Prep's Leavy falters in Class A final 04/17/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:52pm]
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