High School Sports

Palmetto girls, Krop boys win at GMAC tennis championships

Emma Petersen helped Palmetto secure its second consecutive county championship.
Emma Petersen helped Palmetto secure its second consecutive county championship. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Palmetto’s girls are building toward a potential state championship run.

And Dr. Krop’s boys hope to follow a similar path.

Each earned some momentum Wednesday by winning GMAC tennis championships at the Biltmore Hotel tennis center in Coral Gables.

Led by impressive sweeps of Dr. Krop and Miami High, Palmetto secured its second consecutive county championship. Emma Petersen, Ansofi Wreder, Yekaterina Martens, Stephanie Levine and Roxana Montoya each won their matches in both the semifinals against Krop and final against Miami High.

Petersen prevailed at No. 1 singles against Krop’s Nayia Oden after Oden withdrew due to a rotator cuff injury. Petersen held a 4-1 lead when Oden retired from the match. Petersen later won her match against Miami High 6-3, 6-2.

Palmetto appears to have a squad talented enough to take on the state’s best in Class 4A. The Panthers are trying to bring home their first state title since their run of four titles in five seasons from 1982-1986. Palmetto finished fifth at state last season.

On the boys’ side, Krop held on for a 4-3 win in the final against Mourning despite injuries to key players. Junior Ariel Hollander (No. 1 singles) and sophomore Naday Marianowsky were forced to retire from their matches.

However, the Lightning rallied behind sophomore Arman McClane and junior Fabrice Bissainthe, who each won their singles matches and later combined to win at No. 2 doubles and clinch the match.

Krop won its first GMAC boys’ title since 2009.

“Today’s match shows how much talent there is in the area,” Krop coach Mike Kypriss said. “We had a great win against a very good Mourning team, and our kids played really well.”

GMAC boys’ final - Dr. Krop 4, Mourning 3 – No. 1 singles: T. Jaworski (ATM) d. A. Nollender (K) 6-3, ret. injury; No. 2: A. McLean (K) d. S. Uribe (ATM) 6-1, 6-7 (7-5), 6-1; No. 3: F. Bissainthe (K) d. A. Abydou (ATM) 6-1, 6-3; No. 4: E. Luca (ATM) d. N. Marianowsky (K) 6-3, 3-0, ret. injury; No. 5: L. Bien (K) d. D. Pedersen (ATM) 7-5, 6-1; No. 1 doubles: Jaworski/Abydou (ATM) d. Ratner/Bien (K) 6-1, 6-2; No. 2: McLean/Bissainthe (K) d. Uribe/Luca (ATM) 6-2, 6-2.

GMAC girls’ final – Palmetto 5, Miami High 0 – No. 1: E. Petersen (PAL) d. J. Monnar (MHS) 6-3, 6-2; No. 2: A. Wreder (PAL) d. Vic. Tabares (MHS) 6-1, 6-2; No. 3: Y. Martens (PAL) d. Va. Tabares (MHS) 6-0, 6-2; No. 4: S. Levine (PAL) d. N. De Armas (MHS) 6-0, 7-6 (7-2); No. 5: R. Montoya (PAL) d. E. Hodge (MHS) 6-0, 6-0.

GMAC boys’ semifinal – Dr. Krop 5, Coral Reef 0 – No. 1: A. Nollender (K) d. J. Rapp (CR) 6-4, 7-5; No. 2: A. McLean (K) d. L. Nickolich (CR) 6-0, 6-1; No. 3: F. Bissainthe (K) d. S. Galvis (CR) 6-1, 6-1; No. 4: N. Marianowsky (K) d. D. Vasserman (CR) 6-2, 6-2; No. 5: L. Bien (K) d. H. Rodriguez (CR) 6-1, 6-2.

GMAC boys’ semifinal – Mourning 5, Miami Beach 0 - No. 1: T. Jaworski (ATM) d. O. Zarih (MB) 6-2, 6-3; No. 2: S. Uribe (ATM) d. N. Barone (MB) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5; No. 3: A. Abydou (ATM) d. D. Bertak (MB) 6-1, 2-6, 10-4; No. 4: E. Luca (ATM) d. O. Azzaoui (MB) 6-2, 6-1; No. 5: D. Pedersen (ATM) d. J. Hirschenson (MB) 6-4, 6-4.

GMAC girls’ semifinal – Miami High 5, Mourning 2 – No. 1 singles: J. Monnar (MHS) d. E. Agasse (ATM) 2-6, 6-3, 10-4; No. 2: A. Sharonova (ATM) d. Vic. Tabares (MHS) 6-3, 6-1; No. 3: Va. Tabares (MHS) d. M. Cerrini (ATM) 6-0, 6-1; No. 4: N. De Armas (MHS) d. Y. Razumouskaya (ATM) 6-2, 4-6, 10-6; No. 5: A. Cabezas (ATM) d. E. Hodge (MHS) 6-0, 6-1; No. 1 doubles: Monnar/Vic. Tabares (MHS) d. Agasse/Cerrini (ATM) 6-3, 6-3; No. 2: Va. Tabares/De Armas (MHS) d. Sharonova/Razumouskaya (ATM) 3-6, 6-4, 10-5.

GMAC girls’ semifinal – Palmetto 5, Dr. Krop 0 – No. 1: E. Petersen (PAL) d. N. Oden (K) 4-1, withdraw injury; No. 2: A. Wreder (PAL) d. S. Surtan (K) 6-3, 6-1; No. 3: Y. Martens (PAL) d. J. Shinngton (K) 6-3, 6-0; No. 4: S. Levine (PAL) d. M. Maehama (K) 6-3, 6-3; No. 5: R. Montoya (PAL) d. M. Quiurici (K) 6-1, 7-6, 7-4.

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