Posted: 9:25 am Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Girls tennis: American Heritage, Oxbridge advance at state finals 

By Jodie Wagner

Angelica Blake, Melissa Sakar and Kasey Moore of American Heritage advanced to the girls team singles finals Wednesday at the FHSAA State Tennis Championships in Casselberry.

Blake upset No. 2 seed Rebecca Costa of Windermere Prep 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles to set up a meeting with top-seeded Claudia McKenzie of Miami-Ransom Everglades for the singles championship.

Sakar, the second seed at No. 3 singles, defeated Liyin Xu of Bradenton-St. Stephen’s 6-1, 6-2. She will face top seed Daniela Lopez of Ransom Everglades in the championship match.

Moore, the top seed at No. 4 singles, defeated Catalina Burch of Windermere Prep 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals. She will face No. 2 seed Lindsey Mendelson of Ransom Everglades in the championship match.

In team doubles action, Sakar and partner Dominique Mortier defeated Shannon Duncanson and Carson Stratton of Tallahassee-Maclay in a No. 1 quarterfinal match. They will face Burch and Patricia Cohn of Windermere Prep in the semifinal round.

At No. 2 doubles, American Heritage’s Moore and Blake won their quarterfinal match against Emily Ostreich and Daniela Schneider of Tallahassee-Maclay. They will play top seeds Claudia McKenzie and Lindsey Mendelsohn of Ransom Everglades in the semifinals.

After the first day of team competition, American Heritage is second overall with eight points, four points behind leader Ransom Everglades.

In individual doubles competition, Oxbridge Academy’s Rachel Bercovitch and Sophia Chavarria defeated Julia Jackson and Krista Tyson of Jacksonville-Trinity Christian 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the championship match.

They will face the winners of the other semifinal between top seeds Mary Ann Rompf and Maria Ross of Sarasota-Out-of-Door Academy and Veronika Gronozakova and Emily Javeoan of St. Petersburg-Canterbury.