Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tennis: Doubles play secures win for River Ridge girls

NEW PORT RICHEY — With the regular-season schedule in its final week, the River Ridge and Wiregrass Ranch girls programs have established themselves as the teams to beat in Pasco County.

Tuesday, they met on the court for the first time this year, and if their initial meeting is any indication, both teams should see plenty of each other in the postseason.

After five hours of nip-and-tuck action, Tuesday's heavyweight bout came down to the final match at No. 2 doubles. And after fighting their way through two tiebreakers and a winner-take-all third set tiebreak, the team of Taylor Laroue and Julie Quina prevailed to give River Ridge a 4-3 victory over previously unbeaten Wiregrass Ranch.

Laroue and Quina won the first set in a tiebreaker over Jordanyne Fye and Anne Cypriano and had three match points in the second set but failed to capitalize. Fye and Cypriano won a second set tiebreaker, and because darkness wouldn't allow the doubles teams to play a complete third set, another tiebreaker was played immediately following the second set, which Laroue and Quina won 10-7 to end the match.

"They were a really good team. They were solid," Laroue said. "It was a tight one. I'm sure we'll see them again in districts."

Wiregrass Ranch (10-1) led three matches to two after singles play, thanks to a comeback effort from No. 1 singles player Hannah Still. Facing River Ridge's Tijana Subotic in a match between player of the year candidates, Still lost the first set 6-1 but broke Subotic's serve to open the second and held serve throughout to take the set 6-4. In the third, Still prevailed in a back-and-forth opening game to break then held her serve in another tightly contested game.

From there, Subotic ran out of gas as Still took the final set 6-1.

"I think that first game of the third set was a turning point for me," Still said. "Once I won that, I was pumped. I was ready to go for the rest of the match."

Fye defeated Quina 6-4, 6-0 at No. 4 singles and Cypriano was a 6-0, 6-2 winner over Kaitlyn Howery at No. 5 singles to account for the rest of the Bulls' victories.

River Ridge's Jordyn Garcia defeated Leliani Cubero 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, and Laroue upended Katie Bonti 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles to keep the Royal Knights (14-1) in the match.

Subotic and Garcia blanked Still and Bonti 8-0 at No. 1 doubles, setting up the winner-take-all match at No. 2 doubles.

Tennis: Doubles play secures win for River Ridge girls 03/29/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 11:15pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Gators rally past Kentucky, streak hits 31

    Blogs

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the second week in a row, Florida found itself storming the field in a game that came down to the last second. A 57-yard field-goal attempt by Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis came just a few feet short of making history and snapping a 30-year losing streak, as the No. 20 Gators escaped a …

    Florida wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) scores a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.
  2. Pen makes it way too interesting as Rays hang on for 9-6 win

    Blogs

    A couple of home runs provided the news pegs of the night for the Rays, but it was more topical to talk about what nearly happened as they hung on for a 9-6 win over the Orioles.

    Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season, as well as his …

  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Jake Odorizzi admitted he probably should have gone on the DL sooner than late July for the back stiffness that was keeping him from throwing the ball where he wanted to. He has since found an impressive groove, with another strong outing Saturday.

  4. Matt Baker's takeaways from Florida State-N.C. State

    College

    RB Cam Akers still looks like a former high school quarterback at times. His first two touches (30 yards) were special, but the freshman juked instead of powering ahead on his third (an unsuccessful third-and-1 rush). That's why the Seminoles are easing him in, as they did with Dalvin Cook three years ago.

    Running back Cam Akers carries for a first down during the third quarter as FSU eases the freshman into the college game.
  5. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.