TAMPA — Wharton's boys advanced to the Class 3A region final with a commanding 5-0 win over Newsome on Tuesday at Hunter's Green. The Wildcats won four of their five singles matches in straight sets.
At No. 1, Mike Alford defeated Andy Hersh after dropping the first set, 5-7, 6-2 (10-4).
"We're really out there doing our thing," Wharton coach Marcie Scholl said. "Our kids really want to get back to states as a team."
Wharton also received straight-set wins from No. 2 Mitch Wong, No. 3 Alex Bartholomew, No. 4 Rahit Navelkar and No. 5 Bryant Fuller.
Sarasota 4, Alonso 1: At Sarasota, the Ravens earned a victory at No. 1 singles from Tyler Snook but failed to win another singles match. Snook defeated his opponent 6-3, 6-4. "He's a junior, and he's getting better and better," Alonso coach Dale Klay said. None of Alonso's remaining players won a set, but "we had a couple close sets in there," Klay said
Plant 6 George Jenkins 1: The Panthers, led by senior Joel Samaha at No. 1, won four singles matches, including Dylan Tozier (No. 2), Brenton D'Adamo (No. 3) and Lance Martin (No. 5). "We played real well," Plant coach Michael McWilliams said.
Jesuit 4, Braden River 1: The visiting Tigers got straight-set singles wins from Josh Wynne (No. 1), Macale Smith (No. 2), Chase Merlin (No. 3) and J.M. Snyder (No. 4). "We caught a break. It was team that just didn't have enough quality players to stay with us," Jesuit coach Joe Curtis said.
Shorecrest 4, Tampa Prep 3: Despite winning three singles matches, the visiting Terrapins failed to advance due to losing both doubles matches. Danny Heidenberg (No. 3), Joe Valdes (No. 4) and Luke Davies (No. 5) all won for Tampa Prep.
Staff writer Keith Niebuhr contributed to this report.