• The visiting Krop girls improved to 14-0-1 with a 5-0 win against Flanagan, dropping a combined total of just two games. “Our girls are really read for state,” Krop coach Michelle Kypriss said.
Boys singles — Krop 4, Reagan 1: No. 1 Alex Knight d. Juan Tovar, 6-0, 6-2; No. 2 Paul A’drey Pierre-Louis d. Christian Villacis, 6-2, 6-0; No. 3 Ariel Hollender d. Juan Villasmil, 6-4, 6-4; No. 4 Alex Rothman d. Nelson Romero, 6-1, 6-2; No. 5 Alejandro Rico d. Christian Federici, 7-6, 7-6.
Girls singles — Krop 5, Flanagan 0: No. 1 Cassie Pough d. Samantha Arcvalo, 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 Danna Gandelman d. Lina Restrepo, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 Naiya Oden d. Anna Dushax, 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 Sophia Sultan d. Nathla Farjavo, 6-0, 6-0; No. 5 Naomi Maehama d. Adrienne Guilbaud, 6-0, 6-0
• The Palmetto girls’ and Coral Gables boys’ teams punched their tickets to the state finals at the Biltmore Hotel with victories in Class 4A regional finals.
Palmetto defeated Coral Gables 4-1, and Coral Gables swept the five singles matches 5-0 from Columbus.
The Palmetto girls, while sending an individual to the state finals for the sixth consecutive season, will now advance to state as a team for the third year in a row.
With Palmetto up 3-1 in girls’ play, the lone Panther playing was Emma Petersen at the No. 2 position against Gables’ Paulina Bejar. Had Petersen lost the three-set match, the regional would have been extended to doubles play to determine a winner.
But Petersen, feisty and loud on the court, clinched a come-from-behind 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory to get the team packing early. Already up 3-2 in the third set with both players holding serve, Petersen broke Bejar’s serve to take the commanding 4-2 lead she would not surrender.
“She was down 4-1 in the second set [after dropping the first] and came back to win that set 6-4,” said Palmetto coach Kelly Gibson, whose team placed fourth at state last season. “That was a huge turning point. For a kid to do that, that’s pretty big. She never gives up.”
Added Petersen: “I think I went into the match a little too confident, and Bejar showed up; she’s a really good player. So I had a little bit of difficulty finding my range in the beginning, but I’m glad I pulled through.”
Coral Gables, which was hosting both regionals, did not come away empty Thursday. While the girls fell, the boys are returning to state after finishing second to Cypress Bay in last season’s tournament.
The Cavaliers did it without No. 1 singles player Alfredo Perez, who was participating in the Easter Bowl in California.
“I figured the guys would pick up the slack,” Coral Gables coach David Weiner said. “We’re loaded, man.”
The Gables girls will still have Sonja Radosevic and Paulina Bejar representing them individually in states after winning their district title at No. 1 doubles. Radosevic will also play singles individually at states after her district title at the No. 1 singles position.
Girls’ results — Palmetto 4, Coral Gables 1 — No. 1 singles: Sonja Radosevic (CG) d. Cary Milanes (PAL) 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 singles: Emma Petersen (PAL) d. Paulina Bejar (CG) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; No. 3 singles: Olivia Schuitema (PAL) d. Isabella Blanes (CG) 6-2, 6-0; No. 4 singles: Alex Schlesinger (PAL) d. Alex Acalay (CG) 6-1, 6-1; No. 5 singles: Sophia Dao (PAL) d. Rafa Game (CG) 6-0, 6-0.
Boys’ results — Coral Gables 5, Columbus 0 — No. 1 singles: Mirko Radosevic (CG) d. Bernard Tefel (COL) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2; No. 2 singles: Cristian Gazzolo (CG) d. Thomas McCoy (COL) 6-3, 6-0; No. 3 singles: Sebastian Gazzolo (CG) d. Victor Marotta (COL) 6-2, 6-4; No. 4 singles: Jacobo Nieto (CG) d. Russell McCoy (COL) 6-2, 6-4; No. 5 singles: Federico Mercado (CG) d. Ricardo Lopez (COL) 6-0, 6-2.