Boys tennis wins fourth straight district title
The Lady Dolphins were in the running for the district title until the final handful of matches before Washington won two of the last three to win the title. The Lady Dolphins clinched the runner up spot.
Essary and Sky Haynes, by virtue of winning one singles and doubles, qualified automatically for next week’s state meet in Altamonte Springs.
Haynes didn’t drop a set in his three singles wins and dropped only three games with Haynes in their three doubles matches.
Benton Byrd lost only one game in his three singles matches in the number three singles division.
Turner Mitchell won number five singles division.
The girls team clinched the district runner up spot, in large part from sophomore Callie Mitchell.
Playing number two singles, Mitchell needed third set tiebreakers to win her semifinal (10-3 over Washington’s Brooke Gaston) and final (10-8 over Navarre’s Jordan Wallace).
Playing number one doubles with Grace Allen, Mitchell played another three-set tiebreaker in the semifinals (10-5 over Navarre’s Wallace and Sultana Pohlmann), needing three straight breaks in the second set, before losing to Washington’s Abigail Lipnicky and Brooke Gaston.
Grace Turnage was Gulf Breeze’s only other female district champion, but needed to win a second set tiebreaker over Pace’s Alyssa Lampitoc to clinch it (7-3). Allen advanced to the finals of number one singles, as did Macey Hicks and Chloe Baer in number two doubles.
A complete list of results of GBHS players can be found on Page 3C.
TENNIS REGIONALS THIS WEEK
The Dolphins hosted Niceville, while the Lady Dolphins, as the district runners up, travelled to Tallahassee to face Chiles in the regional semifinals Tuesday. The regional finals are today. Look for a recap in the April 27 issue.