The Sebring boys and girls tennis teams had a solid showing on the first day of the Class 3A-District 10 tennis tournaments held at the Beerman Tennis Center in Lakeland. Both teams were sitting in fifth place, but had the potential to move up in the standings depending on Wednesday’s action.
Sebring boys coach Jack Holt said before the tournament he would be happy to see his kids win a match or two in the opening round and they did better than that, as Connor Angell split his two matches at No. 1 singles, winning his first match and falling in the second.
Sebring’s No. 5 player, Andrew Baldridge had a good day, winning both in singles and in No. 2 doubles, where he teamed up with fellow senior Joe DeGenaro to advance to Wednesday’s play.
Angell and Milind Khurana also picked up a victory at No. 1 doubles, so the Blue Streaks had four players who were still alive entering Wednesday.
“We’re making a good showing,” Holt said. “I’m proud of the kids.”
The majority of the Blue Streaks’ matches went to three sets, which Holt said means his players can compete against the other teams in the district.
“We played even with them and have four of our five players returning,” he said. “I’m extremely happy to see them get that far and we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”
For the Sebring girls, Nisha Patel defeated Lake Gibson’s Taylor Lockwood 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, while the Blue Streaks No. 2 player, Joy Donglasan, suffered an injury in her match with Lake Region’s Kaley Clanton. Leading 6-3, 5-6 at the time, Donglasan was unable to continue, giving Clanton the default victory.
At No. 3 singles, Bartow’s Sam Kunin came up with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kelly Broen, while Sebring’s No. 4 player, Morgan Heston, came up with a solid 6-0, 6-0 victory over Victoria Sell, from Ridge. Sebring’s Micaela DeVane dropped a hard-fought 6-4, 6-2 decision to Bartow’s Linda Guan.
In doubles, the Blue Streaks saw both teams come away with opening-round victories, as the No. 1 team of Patel and DeVane cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory against the Haines City duo of Jane Combs and Alejandra Salemi. At No. 2 doubles, Broen and Heston rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 victory against the Lake Gibson pairing of Juliette Lee and Briana DeLong.
Both boys and girls play is expected to conclude today.