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State tennis: Zephyrhills doubles team stays alive

Two North Suncoast girls are still standing after the first day of state tennis.

The Zephyrhills duo of Sarah Vandeberg and Chelsea Smith teamed up in doubles to advance to today's semifinal at 11 a.m. The girls defeated Steinbrenner's Kaleigh Wagner and Tatum Brannon 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 on Monday to advance.

"They fought hard," Zephyrhills coach Lorraine Hinkle said. "They played good tennis and I'm happy with them. … I think they have a good shot."

In singles, Vandeberg lost to Live Oak Suwannee's Sydnie Sine, 7-5, 6-4.

Hernando senior Chris Nyholm fell in the first round to Panama City Bay's Jason Moody, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. Nyholm, a two-time state qualifier, was making his return to state after having been disqualified two years ago for missing the start of his opening match.

Nyholm later teamed with Jordin Williams and they took their first-round match against Lake Wales' James Hignight and Heath Williams, 6-3 6-2. They then fell in the second round to Orlando Lake Highland's Deren Goker and Alex Potami, 6-2, 6-4.

Hernando senior Alison Steiner fell in the second round to Miami Gulliver Prep's Sarah McLean, 6-1, 6-0. Steiner won her opening-round match 6-1, 6-1 against Mulberry's Ashley McGahee.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment was the fall of Land O'Lakes, which lost all seven of its matches. Among the notables, the Gators' Colin Roller fell to Bayshore's Tianyu Boa, 6-5, 6-3. Teammate Chris Story fell to Bayshore's Pedro Garcia, 6-0, 6-0. Roller and Story lost in doubles to Gulliver Prep's Ross Nigro and Raliegh Smith, 6-1, 6-1.

Izzy Gould can be reached at or (813) 421-3886.

State tennis: Zephyrhills doubles team stays alive 04/26/10 [Last modified: Monday, April 26, 2010 11:15pm]
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