HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Gainesville boys, P.K. Yonge girls compete at state


Gainesville's Cole Fiegel returns a shot next to his doubles partner Jacob Gordon during the Class 3A regional tennis match against New Port Richey Mitchell on April 9 in Gainesville.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer
Published: Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 5:54 p.m.

State Tennis Capsules

Monday's matches

Class 3A Boys

Team Competition

Site: Sanlando Park, Altamonte Springs

Teams: Gainesville, Tallahassee Leon, Palm Coast Matanzas, Melbourne, Tampa King, Venice, Naples Barron Collier, Miami Belen Jesuit

Defending champion: Barron Collier

Tournament starts: Today at 8 a.m., two rounds of singles, one round of doubles; Tuesday: Singles team finals start at 8 a.m., followed by team doubles semifinals and finals

GHS participants: Boys singles- No. 1 Zach Goldberg; No. 2 Cole Fiegel; No. 3 Pete Slaton; No. 4 Jacob Gordon; No. 5 Jay Leshan; Doubles-No. 1 Goldberg and Slaton; No. 2 Fiegel and Gordon

How Hurricanes got here: Gainesville def. Ocala Forest 4-0 in the Region 3 finals, def. New Port Richey Mitchell 7-0 in the regional semifinals

Passing shots: This is the third straight trip to state for the Hurricanes, who finished third in 2012 and sixth in 2011. Coach Paul Spradling, who is in his 26th year, led GHS to state titles in 1996 (5A) and a shared of a title in 1998 (5A). The ‘Canes, unbeaten during the regular season, have given up just nine games in 11 matches and haven't dropped a match in the postseason. Goldberg, a North Florida signee, and Fiegel are both 16-0 and Slaton, the defending state champion at No. 3, is 15-1 on the season. Barron Collier has won two straight state titles and eight in its history.

Class 1A Girls

Team Competition

Site: Red Bug Lake Park, Casselberry

Teams: P.K. Yonge, Pensacola Catholic, Windermere Prep, Tampa Carrollwood Day, Sarasota Out-of-Door, Vero Beach St. Edwards, Delray Beach American Heritage, Miami Ransom Everglades

Defending champion: Ransom Everglades

Tournament starts: Today at 8 a.m., two rounds of singles, one round of doubles; Tuesday: Singles team finals start at 8 a.m., followed by team doubles semifinals and finals

P.K. Yonge participants: Girls singles- No. 1 Jazz Whittaker; No. 2 Kiah Turner; No. 3 Marcela Ifju; No. 4 Madison Sagas; 5. Darby Townsend; Doubles-No. 1 Whittaker and Turner; No. 2 Ifju and Sagas

How Blue Wave got here: P.K. Yonge def. Jacksonville Episcopal 4-2 in the Region 2 finals, def. Jacksonville Trinity Christian 5-2 in the regional semifinals

Passing shots: This is the second straight season coach Robert Taylor has the Blue Wave in Casselberry, vying for a state championship. A year ago, P.K. Yonge finished third, led by Whittaker's state title in the No. 1 team singles. Two years ago, Whittaker and Turner captured the individual doubles title. The Blue Wave have never won the state title in tennis. Defending champion Ransom Everglades has won six state titles in 12 years.

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