In a rarity, the Lely boys and girls tennis teams notched perfect scores in winning the Class 2A-12 championship on Wednesday at the East Naples Community Park courts.
Lely won all five singles and two doubles matches to close out La Belle who were even with the boys and two points behind the girls after the first day’s matches. It marked the third straight district title for both teams.
Freshman John Hoenig was the last player to complete the sweep at No. 5 singles. When everyone else broke for lunch he and Wolfgang Lynn were on the court. They were on the court after lunch and when everyone else was done. After three hours, and three tiebreakers, Hoenig won the match 6-7, 7-6, 7-6.
Lely’s No. 1 singles player Zak Rabani won a rematch of last year’s championship with Clewiston’s Azan Naseef, 6-2, 6-3, to advance to the state championship for the second straight year. He’ll be taking freshman Juan Serna with him to state in doubles after they beat La Belle’s Santiago Reyes III and Reyes Aguilar, 6-0, 6-1.
Lely’s Alex Barrett returns to state after winning over Golden Gate’s Thai Doan, 6-3, 6-0. She also returns to state, this time with doubles partner Alexa Campisi. They downed La Belle’s Keilani Martinez and Alexa Pena, 6-1, 6-0.
Winning No. 2 doubles titles were Lissa Galguera and Natasha Gengenbach and Matt Benito and Trevor Conte. Other boys singles winners were Serna, Conte and Benito. Other girls singles winners were Campisi, Galguera and Gengenbach.
Final team results, boys: Lely, 28, La Belle, 12, Clewiston, 6, Golden Gate and Immokalee, 2; girls, Lely, 28, La Belle, 12, Immokalee and Golden gate, 4, Clewiston, 1.
Lely boys and girls host Estero on Tuesday and La Belle boys and girls travel to Bishop Verot for regional matchups. Verot downed Estero for the Class 2A-11 championship.
1. Zak Rabani (L) d. Azan Naseef (C), 6-3, 6-2.
2. Trevor Conte (L) d. Lucas Talada (LB) 6-2, 6-2.
3. Juan Serna (L) d. Elias Carmona (LB) 6-0, 6-1.
4. Matt Benito (L) d. Reyes Aguilar (LB) 6-1, 6-1.
5. John Hoenig (L) d. Wolfgang Lynn (LB) 6-7, 7-6, 7-6.
1. Rabani/Serna (L) d. Azan/Reyes (C) 6-0, 6-1.
2. Conte/Benito (L) d. Talada/Carmona (LB) 6-2, 6-2.
1. Alex Barrett (L) d. Thai Doan (G) 6-3, 6-0.
2. Alexa Campisi (L) d. Alexa Pena (LB) 6-0, 6-0.
3. Lissa Galguera (L) d. Socorro Ruiz (LB) 6-0, 6-1.
4. Noadia St. Louis (L) d. Suzanna Talada (LB) 6-0, 6-1.
5. Natasha Gengenbach (L) d. Keiliani Hernandez (LB) 6-3, 6-0.
1. Barrett/Campisi (L) d. Kellie Martinez/Alexa Pena (LB) 6-0, 6-1.
2. Galguera/Gengenbach (L) d. Socorro/Talada, 6-0, 6-0.