The Douglas tennis team swept every bracket in boys’ and girls’ play at the District 11-4A finals at Cypress Park on Wednesday.
Although some of the individual victories came in easy straight-sets wins, others took three sets and come-from-behind efforts, but one in particular was especially tough on a Douglas player.
After collapsing from dehydration Tuesday, the first day of the district final, shortly after arriving home and then going to a local hospital to get intravenous fluids, Cody Flanzer — playing in the No. 1 singles position for the Eagles’ boys team (10-2) — returned to the court Wednesday to win a final match over Coral Glades’ Gustavo Fernandez 6-2, 6-4. He then paired up with Skye Catena to win the semifinal and final of the No. 1 doubles bracket.
On top of securing an individual spot for himself in the state tournament regardless of what the team does in regionals, Flanzer avenged an 8-3 loss against Fernandez in a regular-season match.
“I didn’t know how long he was going to last, so I told him he needed to serve big,” Douglas coach Robert Bryant said. “He stayed real steady, stayed away from Gustavo’s forehand.
“I think it’s really incredible what he was able to do. He played like a champion [on Wednesday]. Cody played the match of his life.”
Catena also won his No. 2 singles match over Taravella’s Kevin Guo, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
On the girls’ side, four of Douglas’ seven finals matches went the distance — Nos. 1, 3 and 4 singles and No. 1 doubles. Highlighting the girls’ team (11-2) was Kellyn Abbanat in the No. 1 singles match, who came back from losing the first set 6-2 to win sets two and three by the same margin.
Douglas advances to face St. Thomas Aquinas in regionals for both boys and girls.
Boys’ results — Douglas 21, Coral Glades 9, Taravella 8, Coral Springs 6, Deerfield Beach 3, Monarch 0 — No. 1 singles: Cody Flanzer (DOU) d. Gustavo Fernandez (CGL) 6-2, 6-4; No. 2 singles: Skye Catena (DOU) d. Kevin Guo (TAR) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2; No. 3 singles: Greg Savie (DOU) d. Ryan Moed (TAR) 6-1, 6-2; No. 4 singles: Royce Marnell (DOU) d. Brian Kaam (TAR) 7-5, 6-3; No. 5 singles: Aaron Jablon (DOU) d. Michael Mann (CGL) 7-5, 7-5; No. 1 doubles: Flanzer/Catena (DOU) d. House/Gosis (CS) 6-2, 6-1; No. 2 doubles: Savie/Jablon (DOU) d. Aleman/Y. Patel (CGL) 6-1, 6-0.
Girls’ results —Douglas 21, Monarch 12, Coral Glades 8, Deerfield Beach 3, Coral Springs 3, Taravella 1 — No. 1 singles: Kellyn Abbanat (DOU) d. Bunch (MON) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2; No. 2 singles: Kaela Bynoe (DOU) d. Henry (MON) 6-2, 6-3; No. 3 singles: Kasia Kasperski (DOU) d. De Almeida (MON) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5; No. 4 singles: Seasia Catena (DOU) d. Nguyen (MON) 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7); No. 5 singles: Giargiano (DOU) d. Katz (CGL) 6-2, 6-1; No. 1 doubles: Abbanat/Bynoe (DOU) d. Bunch/Henry (MON) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5; No. 2 doubles: Kasparski/Cantena (DOU) d. De Almeida/Nguyen (MON) 6-0, 6-3.
• District 16-3A: The Fort Lauderdale girls’ tennis team won its district for the second season in a row at Maxwell Park.
“We knew we had a great chance because our team was better than last year and we won the districts last year,” Fort Lauderdale coach Mike Alfieri said.