Coral Gables boys’ tennis advances to regional finals; girls’ match is tied

04/09/2014 12:21 AM

04/09/2014 12:23 AM

Coral Gables’ boys’ tennis team had no trouble advancing to Thursday’s Class 4A regional finals. But the Gables girls’ team left the Biltmore courts Tuesday still engaged in a cliffhanger.

The girls from Coral Reef and Gables were tied 3-3 and still playing the deciding doubles match when rain halted play. The match will resume Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Biltmore, with the Coral Reef duo of Cathy Nix and Laura Navia leading Isabella Blanes and Rafaela Game, 6-4, 2-1.

Gables coach David Weiner said he would have preferred to finish the match Tuesday had it been possible.

“I thought our best shot at a win would have been [Tuesday],” he said. “I thought one of their girls was getting tired.”

There was no such drama on the boys’ side, where Gables routed Coral Reef 5-0.

Gables has a great boys’ tennis tradition with a Florida-record 16 state titles. However, the most recent of those championships came long ago — in 1972.

“We’re hoping we can win it this year,” said Weiner, whose team finished second at state each of the past two years, losing to Cypress Bay.

This year, Gables is 13-0 and will play Palmetto on Thursday at Miami Dade Kendall at 12:30 p.m.

The winner advances to state.

Weiner said his lineup returned virtually intact from last season, including No. 1 singles player Mirko Radosevic.

In addition, he picked up a transfer from North Carolina, Oliver Otero, who is playing No. 2 singles.

“Four of our top five players are ranked in the state,” Weiner said. “And our No. 3 singles player [Daniel Spatz] is as good as anyone.

“Cypress Bay graduated its No. 1 player, so hopefully they are not going to be as strong.”

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