Fort Myers jumped out to an early lead Tuesday at the District 3A-13 Tennis championships at Riverdale High earning 12 points as five individuals advanced to Thursday’s finals.
No. 1 Adam Hamilton, No. 2 Max Green, No. 4 Andrew Cohen and No. 5 Tyler DeLucca won both of their Tuesday matches in two sets. No. 3 Corey Roberts came out flat but closed strong in his quarterfinal against Cypress Lake No.3 Brandon Bulanda winning 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.
“I’m really excited and proud,” Fort Myers coach Muki Kangwa said. “They all did really well to get there. We have a good chance of winning districts which is good. This is what they have been looking forward to the whole season.”
Defending district champions Cypress Lake had two boys qualify for Thursday’s finals, No.1 Zach Blythe and No. 2 Kyle Yates. Blythe, a freshman, will meet Hamilton in a rematch of a thriller earlier in the season that Blythe won 2-6, 6-3 and a 10-5 tiebreaker set.
“It was close last time, hopefully I will play some better tennis early,” Blythe said. “I need to make sure I play better early on so I don’t have to get stuck in the third set again.
Cypress finished the day in second with eight points while Riverdale has six points to round out the top three. The Raiders’ No. 3 junior Julian “Juju” Rogers was their only individual to make it to the finals and will face the Green Wave’s Roberts Thursday.
Rogers is a four-sport athlete at Riverdale playing on the football, track, and basketball teams for the Raiders.
“Last year I got stuck with Cypress in the first round but this year I have Fort Myers in the final,” Rogers said. “It feels really good. I think I have a good chance of winning, as a team we can’t win it all but I’ll be happy with a runner-up finish.”
Baker is in fourth with five points, No. 4 Jordan Diggs and No. 5 Drayton Diggs will play in Thursday’s finals.
Today the girls singles quarterfinals will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by the semifinals and the first round of doubles will also be played at Riverdale.