The Cypress Bay boys’ and girls’ tennis teams advanced to the state finals for the second year in a row.
The boys — defending Class 4A champions — beat host Stoneman Douglas 5-0 on Thursday afternoon.
They returned five members from last season’s squad and added two new players. Sophomore Christopher Morin, who earned a 6-2, 6-2 victory over freshman Greg Sovie in the third position, had moved to the United States from France.
“Everybody’s training every day after school, and we’re very serious and trying to do our best,” Morin said. “It’s exciting. We’re just going to try and enjoy it.”
After a sixth-place finish at the state final last year, the girls continued their undefeated season with a 4-1 win over the Eagles.
Shené, one of five freshmen on the team, clinched the trip to Altamonte Springs in the second position with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-0 decision over sophomore Kaela Bynoe.
“I was playing really well the first set, and the second set she played better and I wasn’t playing my game,” Shené said. “The third set my team made a huge difference cheering me on, and I awoke from this dream.”
• Pine Crest reached the Class 2A state finals with a 4-0 victory over American Heritage.
The Panthers won three of the first four singles matches in two sets. Pine Crest won the team title in 1981. The Patriots, which have won four state titles, finished third last season.
Boys — Cypress Bay 5, Douglas 0: Ryan Smith (CB) d. Cody Flanzer (SD), 6-1, 6-1; Gianlucca Massa (CB) d. Skye Catena (SD), 6-0, 6-1; Christopher Morin (CB) d. Greg Sovie (SD), 6-2, 6-2; Andrew Heller (CB) d. Royce Marnell (SD), 6-1, 6-1; Scott Plutt (CB) d. Aaron Jablon (SD), 6-0, 6-0.
Girls — Cypress Bay 4, Douglas 1: Kellyn Abbanat (SD) d. Pierina Imparato (CB), 6-1, 7-6; Shené (CB) d. Kaela Bynoe (SD), 6-2, 1-6, 6-0; Sibel Can (CB) d. Kasia Kasperski (SD), 6-2, 6-0; Barrie Eisenberg (CB) d. Seasia Catena (SD) 6-2, 6-3; Michelle Eisenberg (CB) d. Ashley Giorgione (SD), 6-1, 6-0.
Girls — Pine Crest 4, American Heritage 0: Stephanie Taylor (PC) d. Chiara Goodman (AH), 6-4, 6-4; Kaely Malik (PC) d. Susana Chinchilla (AH), 6-0, 6-1; Ines de Bracamonte (PC) d. Ronia Dolabany (AH). 6-1, 6-3; Katarina Stevanovich (PC) v. Aleksi Gottlieb (AH) DNF; Dax Seidlin (PC) d. Caroline Buechele (AH) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
• Reagan senior Juan Tovar left the tennis courts at Krop with a coach patting him on his back and telling him he had played his finest match of the season.
That he lost to his opponent, Alex Knight 6-0, 6-2 shows just how much talent Krop coach Felix Rydz has at his disposal.
Krop defeated Reagan 4-1 in a boys’ tennis Class 4A region matchup. Reagan’s season is over at 8-4, but Krop (17-1) advances to the state tournament, which will be held Tuesday through Friday at Altamonte Springs.
“He has a great serve,” Tovar said of Knight. “He will not miss balls. He will make you miss. He’s a great player.”
Knight, who finished second at state last season with a 15-1 individual record, said he is much improved from 2012.
“This whole team has been working on our fitness, training on and off the court,” said Knight, who was 8 years old when he first started playing tennis at Morningside Park. “We’ve been working on the track, the gym and running lines on the court.”