Miami Beach’s boys and Palmetto’s girls each had to work overtime Thursday to secure their GMAC tennis championships.
Palmetto held off rival Krop to win its third consecutive GMAC title. After sweeping the top three singles divisions, Palmetto had to hold off the Lightning, which won the No. 4 and 5 singles and No. 1 doubles divisions.
"They never backed down even when we fell behind 6-5 in the first set of the No. 2 doubles," Palmetto coach Kelly Gibson said. "It wasn’t easy. Krop made us work for it. But it shows the toughness of this team."
Miami Beach rallied to beat Mourning after dropping three of the five singles matches.
Mourning took a 3-2 lead after the singles matches, but the teams of Quin McLeod and Nicolas Barone (No. 1 doubles) and Omar Zarif and Luca McLeod each scored clutch wins in the doubles round. Each doubles match went three sets as McLeod and Barone beat Tom Jaworski and Santiago Uribe at No. 1 by the score of 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. The No. 2 doubles team of Omar Zarif and Luca McLeod beat Mourning’s Abdyleziz Abydov and Edward Luca, 6-7, 6-0, 7-5.
On the girls’ side, Ansofi Wreder, Roxana Montoya and Samantha Alicea won their singles matches for Palmetto, but Wreder and Montoya were beaten by Nayia Oden and Camila Ordonez in No. 1 doubles. Samantha Alicea, who won at No. 3 singles, teamed with Olivia Schutiema to outlast Tyra Fairley and Julie Shillington at No. 2 doubles and secure the match.
Girls’ final – Palmetto 4, Dr. Krop 3 – No. 1 singles: Ansofi Wreder (P) d. Nayia Oden (K) 7-6 (5), 6-2; No. 2: Roxana Montoya (P) d. Camila Ordonez (K) 7-5, 6-4; No. 3: Samantha Alicea (P) d. Julie Shillington (K) 6-1, 6-0; No. 4: Tyra Fairley (K) d. Milena Vanderreis (P), 6-4, 6-4; No. 5: Manami Maehama (K) d. Olivia Schutiema (P) 6-1, 7-5; No. 1 doubles: Oden/Ordonez (K) d. Wreder/Montoya (P) 6-2, 6-1; No. 2 doubles: Alicea/Schutiema (P) d. Shillington/Fairley (K) 7-6 (2), 6-1.
Boys’ final – Miami Beach 4, Mourning 3 – No. 1 singles: Tom Jaworski (ATM) d. Quin McLeod (MB) 6-2, 7-6; No. 2: Nicolas Barone (MB) d. Santiago Uribe (ATM) 6-2, 6-0; No. 3: Omar Zarif (MB) d. Abdyleziz Abydov (ATM) 6-3, 6-1; No. 4: Edward Luca (ATM) d. Luca McLeod (MB) 6-4, 0-6, 6-3; No. 5: Daniel Ramirez (ATM) d. Omar Azzaoui (MB) 7-6, 5-0 (inj.); No. 1 doubles: Q. McLeod/Barone (MB) d. Jaworski/Uribe (ATM) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4; No. 2 doubles: Zarif/L. McLeod (MB) d. Abydov/Luca (ATM) 6-7, 6-0, 7-5.