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Streaks cruise past Dragons

The Blue Streaks tennis teams kept up their winning ways Tuesday afternoon, sweeping a Class 2A-District 11 match against county rival Lake Placid.

Sebring's girls won big in their competition, dispatching the Green Dragons by a score of 7-0 at their home courts. Meanwhile, on the road in Lake Placid, the Streaks boys pulled out a 5-2 win.

"My girls played very strong against a continuously improving Lake Placid team," said Streaks coach Janie Hollinger.

With the resounding win, Sebring improved its record to 8-2. The girls next match will be Tuesday, when Sebring hosts Avon Park at 4 p.m.

The Streaks breezed through singles play. In No. 1 singles, Sebring's Nisha Patel defeated Lake Placid's Hannah Waller in straight sets by scores of 6-0 and 6-0. Micaela DeVane beat Clair LeBlanc in No. 2 singles, also in straight sets, by scores of 6-2, 6-2. Alaina Keith replicated those results in No. 3 singles. She defeated Rachel Shattler in straight sets of 6-2, 6-2.

Lake Placid's Abby Campbell had the best showing for the Green Dragons, taking Sebring's Sarah Beth Rogers to three sets. Rogers emerged victorious, however, winning the match 6-2, 1-6, 7-5. Ashley Castelli rounded out the Streaks victories with a resounding win over Nellie Torres in No. 5 singles. Castelli defeated Torres by scores of 6-1, 6-1.

Sebring was just as prolific in doubles play.

The No. 1 duo of Patel and DeVane was too much for Waller and LeBlanc, as the Streaks won the point by scores of 6-2, 6-1. In No. 2 doubles, Keith and Castelli dispatched Shattler and Campbell 8-1.

In the boys competition, Lake Placid got solid performances out of Landon Davis and Luis Mejias, both of whom won their singles matches. The Dragons ultimately lost the overall point though, falling 3-2.

"Lake Placid really gave us a fight in Tuesday's match," said Streaks boys coach Tosin Awomew. "The Dragons have improved a lot and really didn't back down.

In No. 1 singles, Sebring's Conner Angell defeated Lake Placid's Royce Abela in straight sets by scores of 6-0, 6-0. Millind Khurana kept up the Streaks winning ways in No. 2 singles, downing Clayton Main by scores of 6-4, 6-4.

Mejias broke through for the Dragons in No. 3 singles, beating James Pinkey 0-6, 6-2, 6-2 to give Lake Placid its first point of the match.

Lake Placid's Landon Davis followed Mejias with a win, dropping Cody Crivello in straight sets by scores of 6-1, 7-5. With the singles matches knotted at two points apiece, Sebring's Morgan DeVane broke the tie with a win over David McBryer by scores of 6-1, 6-4.

Sebring had no problem with Lake Placid in the doubles matches.

Angell and Khurana combined their talents to beat Abela and Davis 8-3, while Pinkey and Crivello teamed to edge Main and Mejias 8-6.

Awomewe added that he was impressed with the Dragons resolve.

"Lake Placid is definitely a team to watch out for as we get closer to the district finals," he said. "But I believe my guys are becoming tougher with each and every match, regardless of the final score."

The Streaks will be back in action on the tennis courts Tuesday, when the boys and girls play 2A-11 rival Avon Park. Both matches begin at 4 p.m., but the boys will host the Red Devils while the girls will be on the road.

The Dragons, meanwhile, host Lake Wales' The Vanguard School in a boys-only match Monday at 4 p.m.