The Barron Collier boys tennis team wrapped up its fifth straight district championship Tuesday, and now begins pursuit of its fourth consecutive state title.
The Cougars held a comfortable lead over Naples and Gulf Coast going into the second day of the Class 3A-District 14 tournament. Barron Collier sealed the crown when Paul Johnson and Doug Small won their No. 1 doubles semifinal match over Naples’ Jack Riess and Garrett Gould.
Barron Collier finished with 16 points and will host the District 13 runner-up Tuesday in the regional semifinals. Naples, which finished second in the district with 10 points, will play at the District 13 champ in regionals.
Felipe Galvis won the No. 5 singles finals, giving the Cougars three of the five singles titles. Small (No. 3) and Max Belsinger (No. 4) won their draws Monday.
The battle between Naples and Gulf Coast for 3A-14 runner-up went down to the wire.
Christopher Barrus and Bill Shisler won the No. 1 doubles finals to give the Sharks an advantage. Naples came back behind its No. 2 doubles team of Alex D’Angelo and Frank Rodriguez. The Golden Eagles won their semifinals match to give Naples enough points for second place.
Barrus and Shisler are undefeated in doubles this season. The two won the Nos. 1 and 2 singles titles, respectively, on Monday. Barrus also is unbeaten in singles this year. Barrus advances to the singles state tournament as the No. 1 singles district champion, and Barrus and Shisler go to the doubles state tournament for winning No. 1 doubles.
Belsinger and Mike Raymond later beat D’Angelo and Rodriguez for the No. 2 doubles title.
“Everybody played solidly,” Naples boys coach Tony Kamen said. “It was a lot closer than it has been in other years. It was nip and tuck till the last day.”
The girls 3A-14 title was decided Monday, but the teams came back to the Arthur Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park to finish doubles.
Barron Collier, which had the title locked up, won No. 1 doubles behind Shannon Etten and Anastasia Kondrasov. Naples’ team of Laney Gould and Gaby Graziani won at No. 2 doubles.
“They played great,” Eagles coach Kevin Walker said of Gould and Graziani. “They were steady with very few unforced errors. There was great team work. It was fun to watch.”
The Cougars, who like the school’s boys team are defending state champs, host the District 13 runner-up in the regional quarterfinals Tuesday. It was Barron Collier’s fourth straight district title.
Naples travels to the District 13 champion on Tuesday. The final day of the District 13 boys and girls tournaments is Thursday.
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Class 3A-District 14 tournament
At YMCA of the Palms
1. Barron Collier 16, 2. Naples 10, 3. Gulf Coast 9, 4. Palmetto Ridge 5, 5. East Lee 2
5. Galvis (BC) d. Guerrier (N) 7-5, 6-3.
1. Barrus-Shisler (GC) d. Johnson-Small (BC) 6-1, 6-2; 2. Raymond-Belsinger (BC) d. D’Angelo-Rodriguez (N) 6-4, 6-3.
At Arthur Allen Tennis Center, Cambier Park
1. Barron Collier 19, 2. Naples 14, 3. Palmetto Ridge 7, 4. Gulf Coast 2, 5. East Lee 0
1. S. Etten-An. Kondrasov (BC) d. Kallenberg-Smith (N) 1-6, 6-2, 6-0; 2. Gould-Graziani (N) d. Wyman-H. Etten (BC) 6-4, 6-2.