The Sebring Blue Streaks boys tennis team wrapped up the regular season in style on Thursday, rolling to a 7-0 victory over DeSoto on the Sebring tennis courts.
“We had a really good match,” said Sebring coach Jack Holt.
The match was the final regular season contest for the team’s two seniors—Joe DeGenaro and Andrew Baldrige—and the two combined to win an 8-1 decision at No. 2 doubles.
“Andrew had a bad knee and couldn’t play at No. 5 singles, but he was able to play in the doubles match,” Holt said. “They played last and they were pretty happy they won and the rest of the team was very happy for them.”
DeGenaro also came away with a 6-3, 6-0 victory at No. 2 singles.
The Blue Streaks No. 1 player, Connor Angell rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Cesar Fernandez.
“Connor played well,” Holt said. “His match only took 45 minutes.”
At No. 3 singles, Milind Khurana cruised to a consecutive set victory, 6-1, 6-0, and Clark Farmer breezed to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles.
At No. 5 singles, Conner Patterson came away with a 6-2, 6-4 victory.
Angell and Khurana were victorious at No. doubles by an 8-1 score.
“We made it sort of a fast match,” Holt said. “We didn’t fool around much. It was a good final regular season match of the year.”
Things will get a bit more difficult for the Blue Streaks, as they make the journey to Lakeland on Tuesday for the Class 3A-District 10 tournament at the Beerman Family Tennis Center.
“We play up there with three teams that are highly ranked in the state of Florida,” Holt said. “We’re going to stand up and play against them. If we can get by the first round with one or two of the guys I’ll feel pretty good.”
Holt said the the two doubles teams could have a strong showing, as well as a few of the singles players.
“I’ll have my fingers crossed and we’ll see what happens,” he said.
The Sebring girls cruised past DeSoto by a 7-0 score. Ashley Castelli defeated Yaletza Pala 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, while Teoni Coker beat Ashley Miller 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Amanda Rios won at No. 3 singles by the same 6-0, 6-0 score, as did Mackenzie Holmes at No. 4 singles. Sarah Beth Rogers won at No. 5 singles by default.
In doubles, Coker and Rios came away with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the No. 1 spot, while Angie Patino and Rogers won by an identical 6-1, 6-0 score at No. 2 doubles.
The team finished the season 12-2 and also travels to Lakeland to begin district play on Tuesday.
“The girls are pumped up and looking forward to a good showing at district,” said girls coach Janie Hollinger. “We did get some district seeding positions, which is good, although we know the competition will be stiff.
“It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of the season already. I have enjoyed working with the girls and will be sending four of my players on to college next year.”