Melbourne High’s athletic department continued to pile up success on Thursday, this time bringing home the boys and girls district championship trophies in tennis.
Both were repeat champions and earned home playoff spots on the Class 3A bracket of the FHSAA postseason. The two sets of Bulldogs will host the Okeechobee boys and South Fork girls on Tuesday in the first round of regional play.
Melbourne’s boys advanced to the state tournament last year. With the realignment of districts, their path in the postseason will be different this time, but some of the top players are back, including Jake Mostyn-Kolb, now at No. 1 singles, up a spot from the 2013 season.
“I think we’re deep again, like we’ve been for a few years,” he said after winning at No. 1 on Thursday. “We have some younger players, but I think thev’re matured as the season has gone along.”
Mostyn-Kolb teamed with Greg Durham – the No. 2 singles winner – to take No. 1 doubles. Durham, a 10th-grader, improved to 15-0 for the season, which is the same record for the doubles pairing. Nick Baney, the No. 4 singles winner from Melbourne, took No. 2 doubles with Andrew Burley. Isaac Baldwin also won for Melbourne at No. 5.
Among girls winners, Melbourne won at No. 2 with Naomi Villa, No. 4 with Callie Burklew and No. 5 with Elena Keane. Bayside’s Stephanie Parish won the No. 3 title, and the Heritage team of Lavinia Martinenghi-Michelle Gibson took No. 2 doubles.
As a team, the Panthers just missed making the postseason, finishing one point behind Lake Nona. The Lions also finished second in the boys standings.
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