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Streaks sweep Devils

SEBRING - After Monday's Class 2A-District 11 girls tennis match between Avon Park and Sebring was rained out, the two teams found perfect weather waiting for them Wednesday.

But it was a gloomy afternoon for the Red Devils.

Sebring pounced on Avon Park in the makeup, capturing the match by a decisive score of 7-0. Sebring won all of its singles and doubles matches in straight sets, and no Streaks player lost a game in singles play.

"The girls have had a great season," Sebring coach Janie Hollinger said. "We're 10-2 and looking forward to the district tournament."

In No. 1 singles, Sebring's Amanda Rios breezed past Avon Park's Heather Reschke, winning in straight sets by scores of 6-0 and 6-0. No. 2 singles was no different as Hannah Rosenbaum guided the Streaks to their second point with a win over Amber Barnes (6-0, 6-0), also in straight sets.

Sebring's Taylor Crutchfield defeated Avon Park's Ivy Boto in No. 3 singles, winning in straight sets by scores of 6-0 and 6-0. Budding Streaks star Ritika Manik beat Avon Park's Jasmine Santana in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) in No. 4 singles to put the Red Devils in an 0-4 hole.

Sebring's Destiny Lewis and Avon Park's Khalaya Clarke rounded out singles play. Lewis dropped Clarke in No. 5 singles in straight sets by scores of 6-0 and 6-0 to clinch a Streaks sweep of singles action.

The Streaks were just as prolific in doubles play.

In No. 1 doubles, Rosenbaum and Crutchfield combined their talents to capture a thrilling match over Reschke and Santana by scores of 6-2 and 6-4.

Meanwhile, in the No. 2 match, Lewis and Manik had little trouble against Reschke and Santana, dispatching the pair in straight sets by scores of 6-0 and 6-2.

The Streaks, who share 2A-11 with Highlands County rival Lake Placid, begin district tournament play on Monday at Sebring High School. The Streaks boys won't stray too far from home either, as Avon Park is hosting their district tournament.

"The winner and runner-up move onto regionals," Hollinger said. "And the No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles winners go straight to state. We're excited. And all tennis enthusiasts are invited to come and watch."