Palmetto girls, Gables boys reach state


Special to the Miami Herald

The Palmetto girls and Coral Gables boys won Class 4A regional tennis finals Thursday at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus.

Palmetto (12-1) beat Coral Reef 4-1. Gables (14-0) defeated Palmetto’s boys 5-0.

Both winning teams will advance to the state finals Monday in Orlando.

Palmetto coach Kelly Gibson said she believes her team will be among the favorites at state.

“We finished fourth last season,” said Gibson, who won a state title as a player when she competed for Killian.

“We have come in second and third in the past eight years, but we haven’t won it yet.

“I think Tampa Plant, Cypress Bay and us will be strong contenders. We just have to bring it when it matters, and this is the time to do it.”

Girls’ results: #1 Emma Petersen(PAL) defeated Nicole Jimenez 6-0, 6-0. #2 Stephanie Levine (PAL) defeated Alexandra Hitt 6-0, 6-1. #3 Cary Milanes (PAL) defeated Laura Novia 6-3, 6-3. #4 Cathy Xin (CR) defeated Alejandra Arizimendi 2-6, 7-5, (10-5). #5 Sofia Dao(PAL) defeated Bruna Decerega.

• Regional 4-7A: Already with back-to-back state titles in each of the past two years, the Cypress Bay boys’ team will now be looking for the three-peat.

That’s following their total domination of Krop in the Region 4-7A final at Krop High School, where they not only rolled to a 4-0 decision in singles matches but only lost a combined two games in the process.

The boys will be joined by the girls, who earlier turned in similar work against the Krop girls, winning 5-0 in singles, thus not warranting doubles matches.

Both teams will head to the state tournament beginning Monday.

Carlos Moreno and Michael Plutt rolled to 6-0, 6-0 victories in the Nos. 4 and 5 singles, respectively, for Cypress Bay (15-0), while No. 3 Andrew Heller and No. 1 singles senior Gianlucca Massa cruised to 6-1, 6-0 wins to complete the scoring.

No. 2 Christopher Morin was leading his match 6-1, 2-1 when he tweaked his back. With his team ahead 4-0 and having already punched its ticket to state, Morin retired.



Before the boys had advanced, the Cypress Bay girls had taken the courts in the morning and pulled off a straight 5-0 singles sweep of the Krop girls, negating any doubles play.

And with it, the Cypress Bay girls remained unbeaten at 15-0 and will head back up to the state tournament but, unlike the boys, will be looking for a shot at redemption.

Seeking the program’s first state title, it was a year ago that it came down to the final match and a loss in doubles left it a painful single point behind Tampa Plant for the 7A title.

Cypress Bay’s dominance came through Nos. 2 through 5 singles matches as Shene Disbergen, Sibel Can, Michelle Eisenberg and sister Samara Eisenberg all swept their matches in straight sets.

Despite the loss, the Krop girls (17-3) will still send one individual qualifier, Naiya Oden, along with the No. 1 doubles team of Oden and Danna Gandelman to state, thanks to their district title last week.

Two boys, the No. 1 doubles team of Alex Rothman and Fabrice Bissainthe, also qualified.


•  Region 8 2-A: Boys’: Gulliver Prep 4, University School 1: #1 Chase Perez-Blanco (GP) vs. Ryan Khan (US) 6-3, 6-3. #2 Baker Newman (GP) vs. David Omsky (US) 6-0, 6-1. #3 Michael Heller (US) vs. Andre Libnic (GP) 6-0,6-0. #4 Laurentiu Schinteie (GP) vs. Mark Fedotovsky (US) 6-2,6-1. #5 Ben Roque (GP) vs. Alec Zager (US) 6-0,6-0. Girls’: Gulliver Prep 5, Pine Crest 0: #1 Olivia Thaler (GP) vs. Stephanie Taylor (PC) 6-3,6-1. #2 Julieta Dalmau (GP) vs. Ines de Bracamonte (PC) 6-0, 7-5. #3 Alyssa Pujals (GP) vs. Kaely Malik (PC) 6-1,6-0. #4 Lindy Lyons (GP) vs. Demi Snyder (PC) 6-2, 7-6. #5 Estefania Navarro (GP) vs. Carly Feldman (US) 6-4,6-1.

•  Region 4A: Girls’: Palmetto 4, Coral Reef 1: #1 Emma Petersen(PAL) defeated Nicole Jimenez 6-0, 6-0. #2 Stephanie Levine (PAL) defeated Alexandra Hitt 6-0, 6-1. #3 Cary Milanes (PAL) defeated LAura Novia 6-3, 6-3. #4 Cathy Xin (CR) defeated Alejandra Arizimendi 2-6, 7-5, (10-5). #5 Sofia Dao(PAL) defeated Bruna Decerega. Boys’: Coral Gables 5, Palmetto 0: MIrko Radsosevic (GAB) defeated Alek Petrovic (PAL) 6-2, 6-3. Oliver Otero (GAB) defeated Danny Trainor 6-0, 6-2. Danny Spatz (GAB) defeated Mateji Holy 6-1, 6-3. Cristian Gazzolo( GAb) defeatedMArk Hellinger 6-2, 6-3. Jacob Nieto (GAB) defeated Marko Petrovic 6-1, 6-1.

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