Sun All-Area boys and girls tennis teams


Published: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 12:48 a.m.

Note: This is the second in a series of The Sun's spring sports all-area athletes of the year, selected with the help of coaches.

SUN ALL-AREA BOYS TENNIS TEAM

First team

Zach Goldberg, Gainesville, junior: Claimed the District 5-3A title and was the state runner up at No. 2 singles with a 20-1 record. Was also 16-3 and a district champion and a state semifinalist at No. 1 doubles with Cole Fiegel.

Cole Fiegel, Gainesville, junior: The lefty finished 16-3 and won the District 5-3A crown at No. 1 singles. Was also 16-3 and a district champion and a state semifinalist at No. 1 doubles with Zach Goldberg.

Erik Vincek, Buchholz, senior: Posted an 16-2 record for the district champion Bobcats; claimed the District 1-4A crown at No. 1 singles and advanced to the Class 4A state tournament semifinals as an individual.

Frazier Springfield, Eastside, senior: Ended with a 10-5 record at District 5-2A championship at No. 1 singles, and was 10-5 at No. 1 doubles with Jon Yoo as the Rams reached the state tournament for the second time in three years.

Alex Vlasak, Buchholz, senior: Was 12-3 and the District 1-4A champion at No. 2 singles and advanced to the Class 4A state tournament semifinals with Erik Vincek at No. 1 doubles (14-2).

Peter Slaton, Gainesville, sophomore: Turned in a perfect 16-0 record and won the District 4-3A title before claiming the state championship at No. 3 singles.

Second team

Camille Kima, Eastside, freshman: Was 11-5 and won the District 5-2A crown at No. 2 singles and was 10-5 and a district champ at No. 2 doubles as the Rams qualified for state as a team.

Andrew Irani, Buchholz, freshman: Posted a 11-5 record at No. 3 singles for the district champion Bobcats.

Derek Li, Eastside, freshman: Finished with a 13-2 record at No. 4 singles for the district champion Rams, who placed sixth as a team at the Class 2A state tournament.

Harrison Thibault, Oak Hall, freshman: Despite a 4-10 record, he claimed the District 4-1A title at No. 1 singles to clinch a Class 1A state tournament berth; also qualified for state at No. 1 doubles with Apurv Suman.

Jon Yoo, Eastside, senior: Turned in a 13-2 record to win the District 5-2A crown at No. 3 singles and was 10-5 at No. 1 doubles with Frazier Springfield as the Rams reached the state tournament for the second time in three years.

Peyton Nimmons, Buchholz, sophomore: Was 11-5 at No. 4 singles for the district champion Bobcats.

Honorable mention

Max Curtis, Eastside, sophomore; Jacob Gordon, Gainesville, sophomore; Justin Zambelli, Gainesville, senior; Padrick O'Brien, Keystone Heights, senior; Jared Velazquez, Keystone Heights, freshman; D.J. Mayer, Keystone Heights, freshman;

Apurv Suman, Oak Hall, senior; Nick Gallman, Santa Fe, junior.

Coach of the Year

Paul Spradling, Gainesville

The veteran coach guided the Hurricanes to an 14-2 record, which included winning the District 5-3A title, for its second straight district crown. GHS also breezed through both of its regional playoff matches and clinched its second consecutive trip to the FHSAA Class 3A state tournament. The 'Canes ended up finishing third out of eight teams at state. Peter Slaton claimed the state title at No. 3 singles to highlight GHS' trip to Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs. Spradling, who takes home this award for the second consecutive year, also led GHS to the Class 5A state title in 1996 and to a share of the state championship 1998.

SUN ALL-AREA GIRLS TENNIS TEAM

First team

Jazz Whittaker, P.K. Yonge, junior: Posted a 14-1 record singles record, claimed the District 4-1A crown at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles and qualified for state; captured the FHSAA Class 1A state title on the team side of the bracket at No. 1 singles.

Kiah Turner, P.K. Yonge, sophomore: Finished 16-1 and won the District 4-1A title at No. 2 singles and reached the state semifinals at No. 2 singles.

Chrissie Reichert, Columbia, senior: Was 15-4 at No. 1 singles and won the District 5-3A title to clinch an individual berth to the Class 3A state tournament.

Abigail Vlasak, Oak Hall, freshman: Turned in a 10-4 record at No. 1 singles and helped lead the Eagles to their second straight regional-playoff appearance.

Lillie Mehan, Eastside, freshman: Turned in a 20-1 record at No. 1 singles, won District 5-2A title to clinch state tournament berth, also led the Rams to the regional playoffs for first time since 2005.

Courtney Cribb, Buchholz, sophomore: Compiled an 11-3 mark at No. 1 singles and a 14-2 record at No. 1 doubles for the Bobcats.

Second team

Jean Saltivan, St. Francis, senior: Was 10-5 at No. 1 singles and was the District 4-1A runner up for the Wolves.

Madison Sagas, P.K. Yonge, seventh-grade: Posted a 11-2 mark at No. 3 singles and claimed the District 4-1A title at No. 1 doubles with Jazz Whittaker.

Selin Yaylali, Oak Hall, sixth-grade: Finished as the District 4-1A runner up at No. 2 singles with a 9-2 record for the Eagles.

Allie Sourakov, Eastside, sophomore: Was 16-1 and was the District 5-2A runner up at No. 2 singles for the Rams.

Mara Lance, Suwannee, senior: District 2-2A champion at No. 3 singles with a 12-2 record; was 10-1 and district runner-up at No. 2 doubles.

Caroline Karafa, Buchholz, senior: Claimed the District 1-4A crown at No. 4 singles, finishing with a 10-4 mark, while also posting a 10-6 record at No. 2 doubles for the Bobcats.

Honorable mention:

Susan Stanfill, Buchholz, sophomore; Jessie Bates, Columbia, junior; Heather Rountree, Columbia, senior; Amaleah Mirti, Eastside, sophomore; Brianna Harper, Gainesville, senior; Carly Brasfield, Gainesville, senior; Samantha Jackson, Interlachen, senior; Elizabeth Gray, Interlachen, senior; Kim Stephens, Interlachen, senior; Natalie Butcher, Interlachen, senior; Colton Stark, Newberry, junior; Dawntavia Davis, Newberry, senior; Sophia Papa, Oak Hall, sixth grade; Gaelin McLeod, Oak Hall, freshman;

Marcela Ifju, P.K. Yonge, seventh-grade; Darby Townsend, P.K. Yonge, eighth-grade; Amanda Krpan, P.K. Yonge, senior; Maureen Brennan, P.K. Yonge, senior; Maggie Bethea, Santa Fe, freshman; Kim Bill, Santa Fe, senior; Laura-Kaitlyn Boatright, Suwanne, senior

Coach of the Year

Robert Taylor, P.K. Yonge

He takes home this award for the second time in three seasons. Taylor guided the Blue Wave to a 7-3 record and to their fifth straight district championship and also steered P.K. Yonge back to the FHSAA Class 1A state tournament for the second time in three years. At the state tournament held at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry, the Blue Wave finished third out of the eight-team field. Highlighting P.K. Yonge's trip to state was No. 1 singles player Jazz Whittaker who captured the Class 1A state title on the team side of the bracket, before falling in the overall state title match.

Note: The Gainesville Sun all-area teams, player of the year and coach of the year were selected by Cliff Olsen with help from area coaches and Sun high school sports editor Larry Savage. If a team is not represented, it is because the coach did not respond to e-mails sent to the school requesting information and numerous reminders in the newspaper.

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