After a year’s absence, American Heritage-Delray returned to the top of the heap in high school tennis.
The Stallions won a remarkable 38 of 40 matches – dropping only the No. 1 singles finals in boys and girls – on the way to capturing both the boys and girls titles in the FHSAA Class 1A Tennis Finals.
It’s the seventh state title for the boys, and the sixth for the girls since the Stallions started both programs 12 years ago.
“I knew going in that this was one of the deeper teams I’ve had,” coach Brian Schleifer said. “That seems to be the key ingredient to winning states.”
But Schleifer can’t recall having a pair of teams as dominant as these were.
“ I don’t think we’ve ever put up numbers like that,” he said. When he says numbers, he is right on the focus. The boys really mean business here and the amazing run they are currently having was never expected in the first place. The numbers definitely talk about their stunning form and also the persistent effort they have put in to make the performance at par with the elite teams.
The one-year sabbatical has many mouths speak out assumptions about the lost glory but we guess it was too early to write the boys off. Still, the ardent admirers of the team kept alive the hope of their coming back. What they didn’t dream was such a spectacular comeback. It was as if the tennis courts in the competition were custom-made for their dominance. Just reflect this in a different scenario like trading. You can say that such was the winning streak of the Bitcoin Code trading system that the market and currencies seemed to be swaying in the likes of the robot.
The Stallions boys tallied 20 points, eight more than Vero Beach St. Edward’s, while the girls finished with 18 points, even more than Santa Rosa Beach South Walton.
The boys singles champions were Chris Mengel at No. 2, Bob Kadera at No. 3, Yuta Hirokawa at No. 4 and Ethan Kellick at No. 5. Heritage girls winners were Nadia Ravita at No. 2, Melissa Kandinata at No. 3, Iryna Serdyuk at No. 4 and Taylor Wingo at No. 5.
In doubles, Ravita and Jessica Cove defeated Jacqueline March and Alexandra Alford of South Walton 7-6 (7-1), 6-0.
Second-seeded Alison Wingo and Kandinata also won at No. 1 for the girls. Top-seeded Brandon Burke and Mengel captured the No. 1 boys’ title and second-seeded Kellick and Kadera won at No. 2.
The Stallions lose just two players from each team next season, meaning they are in prime position for another title run.