Tennis | State championships

Gulliver boys, girls romp past opposition to win Class 2A titles


The Gulliver Prep boys put on a perfect performance, and the girls came close to the same in capturing state championships.

Special to The Miami Herald

The Gulliver Prep boys were the picture of perfection. Again.

The girls, only slightly less so.

It added up to one of the most dominant combined performances in state tennis annals, as the Raiders blitzed nearly all challengers on the way to matching Class 2A titles at Red Bug Lake Park.

The boys did make it a complete sweep, with No.1 Chase Perez-Blanco and No.2 Baker Newman leading a march that resulted in the maximum 21 points — all five singles titles and both doubles crowns.

Gulliver’s girls were only a couple of steps behind, winning three singles divisions and both doubles finals for 19 points.

“We were serious when we came in here,” said Olivia Thaler, who survived a pair of three-set encounters to capture the No.1 singles crown and team with Julieta Dalman to win the top doubles flight.

It was the girls’ fifth team title, and their first since sharing the 2007 crown with Jacksonville Bolles. The boys now have eight trophies in the case, including six of the past seven — a run interrupted only with last year’s runner-up finish to Pine Crest.

“Our whole focus was to get back [to the top],” said senior captain Brian Granoff, a member of three state champions.

Granoff surrendered just two games all week on the way to the No. 3 singles crown, and No. 5 Patrick Bared also won in straight sets. The only Raider who had to extend himself was Ben Roque, who needed three sets to beat Noppawatt Satprertpry of Plantation American Heritage in the No. 4 final.

It was just the 16th perfect team score since the FHSAA went to the current format in 1984.

If Perez-Blanco wins Friday’s overall singles crown and teams with Newman in doubles, the Gulliver boys will match the full haul of the 2009 squad led by Chris Jackman.

Ponte Vedra placed second with eight points, one ahead of Tampa Jesuit.

Pine Crest and Bolles shared runner-up honors in the girls’ competition, recording eight points apiece.

At the Class 4A tournament in Altamonte Springs, Dr. Krop’s Alex Knight earned a shot at the overall singles title after upending Cypress Bay’s Ryan Smith in the No.1 bracket.

The Coral Gables doubles team of Alfredo Perez and Mirko Radosevic will play for the 4A overall doubles title Friday.

Cypress Bay won the 4A boys title in dominant fashion, with Coral Gables a distant second and Krop third. Tampa Plant topped the 4A girls, upending Cypress Bay 12-11.

CLASS 4A BOYS — Cypress Bay 17 points, Coral Gables 10, Dr. Krop 8, Spanish River 4, Wiregrass Ranch 4, Winter Park 3, Sarasota Riverview 2, Spruce Creek 1. Singles finals — No.1: Alex Knight (Krop) def. Ryan Smith (CB), 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. No.2: Gianluca Massa (CB) def. Paul Pierre-Louis (Krop), 6-2, 6-2. No.3: Christopher Morin (CB) def. Cristian Gazzolo (CG), 6-0, 7-6 (7-2). No.4: Danny Spatz (CG) def. Richard Sharveman (SR), 6-4, 7-5. No.5: Scott Plutt (CB) def. Jordan Menke (Riv), 6-3, 6-4. Doubles finals — No.1: Alfredo Perez/Mirko Radosevic (CG) def. Ryan Smith/Gianluca Massa (CB), 6-4, 6-4. No.2: Christopher Morin/Scott Plutt (CB) def. Hunter Davis/Arthur Viallaneix (WP), 6-2, 6-4. Individual: Singles — Sebastian Beltrame (Olympia) def. Sam Lampman (Boone), 6-3, 6-3.

CLASS 4A GIRLS — Tampa Plant 12 points, Cypress Bay 11, Boca Raton 7, Winter Park 6, Palmetto 5,

Dr. Krop 5, Lake Mary 3, Sarasota Riverview 0. Singles finals — No.1: Joulia Likhanskaia (WP) def. Blair Martin (Plant), 6-4, 6-4. No.2: Shené Disbergen (CB) def. Taylor Brown (WP), 6-2, 6-2. No.3: Gabby Rodriguez (Plant) def. Olivia Schuitema (Palmetto), 6-2, 6-0. No.4: Carlye Goldman (BR) def. Barrie Eisenberg (CB), 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. No.5: Michelle Eisenberg (CB) def. Naomi Maehama (Krop), 6-2, 6-0. Doubles finals — No.1: Blair Martin/Gabby Rodriguez (Plant) def. Pirerina Imparato/Shené Disbergen (CB), 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. No.2: Erica Oosterhout/Monica Phipps (Plant) def. Emma Peterson/Alexandra Schlesinger (Palmetto), 6-3, 6-4. Individual: Singles — Alizee Michaud (Dr. Phillips) def. Sonia Radosevic (Coral Gables), 6-0, 6-1. Doubles — Alizee Michaud/Sarah Baron (Dr. Phillips) def. Kellyn Abbanat/Kaela Bynoe (Douglas), 6-1, 6-0.

CLASS 2A BOYS — Gulliver Prep 21 points, Ponte Vedra 8, Tampa Jesuit 7, Plantation American Heritage 6, Bishop Verot 3, Merritt Island 2, Gainesville Eastside 2, Tallahassee Rickards 0. Singles finals — No.1: Chase Perez-Blanco (GP) def. Jordan Nasser (Jesuit), 6-4, 6-1. No.2: Baker Newman (GP) def. Hank Hill (PV), 6-2, 6-3. No.3: Brian Granoff (GP) def. Noppawitt Satprertpry (AH), 6-2, 6-0. No.4: Ben Roque (GP) def. Noppawatt Satprertpry (AH), 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. No.5: Patrick Bared (GP) def. Alex Crosby (Jesuit), 6-3, 6-4. Doubles finals — No.1: Chase Perez-Blanco/Baker Newman (GP) def. Casey Austgen/Hank Hill (PV), 6-2, 6-0. No.2: Brian Granoff/Patrick Bared (GP) def. Raines Green/Robert Halvorson (PV), 6-4, 6-1. Individual: Singles — Constantin Supper (Suncoast) def. Hunter Gedeles (Bolles), 3-6, 6-1, 3-0 (ret.) Doubles — David Omsky/Ryan Khan (University School) def. Hunter Gedeles/Omar Dogani (Bolles), 7-5, 6-1.

CLASS 2A GIRLS — Gulliver Prep 19 points, Pine Crest 8, Jacksonville Bolles 8, Tampa Holy Names 5, Lake Highland Prep 3, Panama City Beach Arnold 3, Englewood Lemon Bay 2, Gainesville Eastside 1. Singles finals — No.1: Olivia Thaler (GP) def. Daniela Nasser (HN), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. No.2: Julieta Dalman (GP) def. Caroline Lozo (HN), 6-2, 6-2. No.3: Ines de Bracamonte (PC) def. Estafania Navarro (GP), 6-4, 6-1. No.4: Madeline Benn (GP) def. Katarina Stefanovich (PC), 7-5, 6-3. No.5: Caroline Crouch (Bolles) def. Tatiana Ramirez (GP), 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. Doubles finals — No.1: Olivia Thaler/Julieta Dalman (GP) def. Daniela Nasser/Carolina Lozo (HN), 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 6-4. No.2: Estafania Navarro/Madeline Benn (GP) def. Caroline Crouch/Chandler Beachy (Bolles), 6-1, 6-3. Individual — Singles: Priyaka Shah (Lake Nona) def. Amanda Keller (Lakeside), 6-1, 6-1. Doubles: Priyaka Shah/Maria Cespedes (Lake Nona) def. Charlotte Clegg/Eliza Green (Ponte Vedra), 6-1, 6-1.

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