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A-9 tennis: Canterbury edges CCC for second region spot

ST. PETERSBURG — Canterbury freshman Miles Holvoet was beside himself Tuesday, losing to Clearwater Central Catholic's Ricky Symanski in the No. 1 singles semifinal after winning the first set and holding an early break in the second.

Wednesday, Holvoet got his revenge against Symanski and the rest of the Marauders.

With the Crusaders battling CCC for second at the Class A, District 9 tennis tournament and a berth in regions, Holvoet teamed with his eighth-grade brother, Evan, who won the No. 2 singles bracket, to defeat CCC's Symanski and Andreas Lazaro in a three-set semifinal at No. 1 doubles.

Then the Holvoets put the Crusaders into regions with a 6-2, 6-2 victory in the final over Shorecrest's Garrett Betsarakis and Brendan East that gave Canterbury 10 points, one more than CCC, and avoided a head-to-head tiebreaker between the two for the runnerup spot.

"I felt like I choked (against Symanski)," Miles Holvoet said. "Me and Evan just came in and tried to win as many matches as possible for the team."

Shorecrest, with 18 points, had finalists in all seven events to earn its third straight team title. For the Chargers, Nick Litsky defeated Northside Christian's Skylar Fanning 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 3 singles final. Frank Rodriguez was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Alex Alexander (CCC) at No. 4 singles, and Logan Elder outlasted Northside's Jason Norris 6-7 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 at No. 5 singles in a match that lasted two hours, 50 minutes.

Litsky and Rodriguez won the No. 2 doubles.

In the No. 1 singles championship, Symanski dropped the opening set against Betsarakis but rebounded by punishing Betsarakis' serve with an accurate, powerful forehand to win his first individual title 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

"He started missing in the second set a little bit," said Symanski, who recently received an offer to play at the Naval Academy.

"And then in the third set, I don't know what happened. I just started hitting my forehand as hard as I could, and it was going in."

St. Petersburg Catholic didn't lose a set in rolling to the girls team championship.

The Barons picked up all 21 possible points.

SPC sophomore Julia Jones defeated Boise State signee Morgan Basil from Shorecrest 6-1, 6-1 to win the individual singles title.

The rest of the Barons' finals victories came against opponents from Northside Christian, which finished second (13 points) and also advanced.

Alyssa Bellini outlasted Ann Marie Mooney 6-1, 7-5 (No. 2 singles). Jerica Coley beat Melanie Hafner 6-1, 6-0 (No. 3). Danielle Nickerson defeated Mona Weischnur 6-1, 6-2 (No. 4) and Molly Smith beat Kerri Gallagher 6-0, 6-0 (No. 5).

Jones and Coley won the doubles title convincingly, shutting out the Mustangs' Hafner and Carolina Barnett 6-0, 6-0. Bellini and Nickerson won No. 2 doubles.

Shorecrest was third with eight points.

A-9 tennis: Canterbury edges CCC for second region spot 04/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 11:59pm]
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