Merritt Island High junior Albert Go this morning became only the second Brevard high school tennis player to win an overall class championship in singles, and the Rockledge team of Katie and Emily Sidor won the first doubles championship ever for the county just hours later.
Go took the Class 2A title, defeating Jordan Skalet of Plantation American Heritage, 6-3, 3-6, 10-7. The Sidors later defeated the team of Julieta Dalmau and Lindy Lyons of Gulliver Prep by a 6-3, 6-2 margin.
James Roesch of Eau Gallie had been Brevard County’s only boys overall singles champion, having won the 3A title in 2005.
Neither a boys or girls doubles team had ever won an overall class title until the Sidors accomplished the feat at midday.
“It means, literally, the world to me,” Katie Sidor said. “The doubles championship means more than any singles match could, because it was with my sister. It was a great win for both of us.”
Katie Sidor, a senior, played for the girls 2A overall singles title, also this morning, but lost to Kristina Zieglar of Port Orange Atlantic, 6-0, 6-0. That match came shortly after Katie joined with Emily, a Raiders sophomore, to win the No. 1 doubles bracket in team competition against Lake Highland Prep, thus advancing to the overall final.
It was that Highlanders doubles team of Sarah Herndon and Kaylan Rotman that had handed them their only regulars-season loss and was seeded first at state. Complicating matters was that the match started on Thursday, was postponed due to rain and resumed Friday morning at 8.
“It was crazy,” said Emily. “We came out a little slow and really had to pull it together and start to work.”
Go and Mustangs senior Noah Rawls fell short in their overall doubles attempt against Skalet and Zachary Ebenfeld of American Heritage, 6-4, 6-2.
On Wednesday, Eau Gallie’s Christi Woodson won the Class 3A No. 1 singles bracket in team competition but lost the overall championship match.
Players who won their district tournament at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles automatically advanced to a individual singles and doubles brackets at the state tournament. Meanwhile, the FHSAA has separate brackets for No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles competing in the team competition. The winners of each bracket then met for overall FHSAA championships.
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