Gainesville’s Goldberg falls, but Eastside doubles teams move on

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — Gainesville senior Zach Goldberg, who won the Class 3A boys team No. 1 singles state title on Tuesday, lost the overall No. 1 state title on Thursday at Sanlando Park.

Boca Ciega’s Dan Stefan rallied in the first set to pull that out and ultimately the match, beating Goldberg 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 for the overall state title. This match came after Gainesville completed its two-day 3A team tournament, where the Hurricanes finished state runner-up to Naples Barron Collier, which collected its third straight title.

Stefan, whose team did not advance to state, played in the No. 1 individual singles tournament, winning it on Tuesday. That set up Wednesday’s match with Goldberg.

“I think Zach was worn out today,” said GHS coach Paul Spradling. “He played two tough matches on Tuesday, including a five-setter in doubles, and it was very hot. His opponent I believe played one match on Tuesday, so he was fresher this morning.

“Zach worked his butt off to try and get GHS that state title, so did Cole (Fiegel).”

In Casselberry, at Red Bug Lake Park, Eastside’s boys tennis team, making its second straight trip to the Class 2A state finals, advanced its No. 2 doubles team of Sam Cockey and Derek Li into today’s semifinals. None of the Rams’ singles or their No. 1 doubles team survived the first day.

“Everyone was upset afterwards,” said Eastside coach Dave Porter. “This is a whole higher level of competition. Everyone left upset that they lost, which is a good sign.

“Last year we were sixth here at state and this year we will probably finish fourth or fifth. I think this is a good experience. Next year we will pick up a couple of players and the future looks bright.”

Eastside’s No. 1 player, freshman Hyunsoo Joo, upset Ponte Vedra’s Casey Augsten in the first round, but lost his second match. Cockey, at No. 2, fell to Ponte Vedra’s Hank Hill (Rollins signee) in three sets, and Eastside’s No. 4 Maxwell Curtis won his opener, but lost in the second round.

Eastside girls, who were making their first state appearance since 2005, also only advanced one doubles team, their No. 1 duo of Emily Louie-Meadors and Allie Sourakov, who won their opening match. The Rams lost all five singles in the first round, as well as in the No. 2 doubles.

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