TITUSVILLE – On Tuesday, the top high school tennis players in Brevard County started turning up their level of play in preparation for what lies ahead in the next two weeks.
In the District 13-2A tournament at the Singleton Avenue Tennis Complex, the Rockledge girls and Merritt Island boys enter today’s final day of play hoping to add district titles to the Cape Coast Conference crowns they won before spring break.
Particularly dominant Tuesday were the top players from both teams. Sisters Katie and Emily Sidor play No. 1 and 2, respectively, in singles, and they team for No. 1 doubles. In their opening doubles match, they lost just two points.
Marcos Borjas of Cocoa returns a shot during Tuesday’s District tennis tournament in Titusville.
Mustangs Albert Go and Noah Rawls, who made the No. 1 doubles final in the Class 2A individual bracket last season, have their sights set on returning to that spot and beyond. They must defend their district title today to stay on track.
Tennis at Singleton Avenue resumes at 8 a.m. today with singles finals. The District 13-3A tournament begins at the Fee Avenue Courts in Melbourne at 9. Viera is playing in Orlando at the District 5-4A event.
District 11-1A completed its tournament Tuesday at Fee Avenue. Emily McConnell of Merritt Island Christian and Egan Kattenberg of Holy Trinity won No. 1 singles titles. Holy Trinity won the girls championship, while the Tigers boys team will settle a tie with St. Edwards on Thursday.
Today’s doubles action featuring the Sidors in Titusville continues their drive toward the state tournament in their last year of playing together. Senior Katie will graduate.
“We didn’t ever really play doubles together before last year,” she said. “I think we’re a lot more confident together, more calm. I think there’s a lot less pressure.”
Go and Rawls lost their bracket final to Dan Stefan and Nikita Goldenberg of Boca Ciega in a tiebreaker last year and could see them again if they win today to earn a spot at state.
“We thought we could have beaten that team,” Go said. “This year, no matter what, we want to win it all. The thing we have to do is stay focused.”