SEBRING - Home court advantage proved to be advantageous for Sebring's girls tennis team, as the Blue Streaks finished second in the Class 2A-District 11 tournament. The runner-up also qualifies for Class 2A-Region 6 quarterfinals, and the Streaks tallied 17 points to finish behind Lemon Bay (27).
"We had two great days of tennis," Sebring girls coach Jane Hollinger said. "The team played beyond my expectations and we look forward to the regional round next Tuesday."
Cape Coral was third with 14 points, followed by Mariner (8), Hardee (7), Lake Placid (5), Oasis (3), Avon Park (2), and DeSoto (1). Sebring will play an opponent from 2A-12, which is mostly comprised of schools from Fort Myers and Naples. The Streaks opponent is yet to be determined, as the 2A-12 tournament is ongoing.
Meanwhile, Sebring's boys tennis team, playing the district tournament at Avon Park, finished tied for second with Lemon Bay. The two teams will meet Friday at a neutral site decided on by the schools' athletic directors. The match will be played under a regular season format, and Sebring coach Tosin Awomewe said his team is looking forward to it.
"After losing to Lemon Bay on the road earlier this season, and doing well against them in the district tournament, we're definitely looking forward to it. It's a big match," he said.
A bevy of Sebring girls did well in the singles tournament. Three Sebring players reached the finals in the singles bracket, while the Streaks' No. 2 doubles team also reached the finals.
In No. 3 singles, Sebring's Alaina Keith fell to Lemon Bay's Sarah Lown in straight sets by scores of 6-1 and 7-5. Llemon Bay's Madison Casad needed all three sets to defeat Sebring's Sarah Beth Rogers in No. 4 singles, ultimately winning by scores of 2-6, 7-6, and 6-4.
In No. 5 singles, Ashley Castelli lost to Lemon Bay's Ashley Tormey in straight sets by scores of 6-2 and 6-3.
The tandem of Keith and Castelli has been solid all season for Sebring, but it wasn't enough to upset Lemon Bay's Lown and Casad, who won the No. 2 doubles match in straight sets by scores of 6-2 and 6-2.