P.K. Yonge tops Buchholz in girls tennis

Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 7:52 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 7:52 a.m.

Lindsey Cable and Zari Whittaker won both their singles and doubles matches as P.K. Yonge defeated Buchholz 5-2 on Wednesday at Westside Park. The Blue Wave picked up a win before their district tournament starts in two weeks.

In the two doubles matches, which started the afternoon’s action, P.K. Yonge took a pair of victories as Cable and Whittaker defeated Sierra and Zhoe Solaun 8-4 in No. 1 doubles. In the No. 2 doubles match, Jazz Whittaker and Kiah Tuner defeated Keely Dahl and Gina Robinson 8-4.

The Bobcats answered at No. 5 singles as Mirah Moss blanked Madison Cauchon 8-0 in a pro set. But Zari Whittaker cruised past Paige Ciano 8-0 at No. 4 singles to give the Blue Wave a 3-1 edge at that point.

Cable, a Stetson signee, then gave the Blue Wave a 4-1 cushion and clinched the match for her team as she defeated Zhoe Solaun 8-0 at No. 1 singles. However, Zhoe’s sister, Sierra, gave Buchholz (7-4) its only other win on the day as she knocked off Jazz Whittaker 8-2 at No. 2 singles. Kiah Turner’s 8-1 win over Dahl at No. 3 singles provided the final margin for the Blue Wave.

P.K. Yonge coach Robert Taylor said he was happy with the discipline the team showed in the match on Wednesday.

“I was happiest with my team staying focused, staying through their shots, being consistent,” Taylor said. “Their serves were really consistent today. Finishing points at the opportunities given to them, so overall having that combined and keeping the focus really made me pleased today.”

This is the second time this season that P.K. Yonge has topped Buchholz. On March 4, the Blue Wave edged the Bobcats 4-3.

For Buchholz coach Johnny Johnston, while the loss was tough, he hopes the team learned from their mistakes, and feels his team is set for the postseason.

“I think we just had an off day, our shots were off, so hopefully we learn from this,” Johnston said. “But I do feel our team is ready for the districts.”

Despite success this season, P.K. Yonge (5-1) still has things to work on.

“I feel our team is one of the top teams but we’re not going to take anyone for granted,” Taylor said. “We need to work on a little bit of our doubles, communication

and just making sure that our focus is still there even if we’re up in a match."

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