The Naples High boys tennis team’s regional match was delayed a day, but the wait was well worth it.
The Golden Eagles completed the final set of the Class 3A regional semifinal against Fort Myers on Wednesday in what was a suspenseful match. Naples’ No. 1 doubles team Jack Riess and Garrett Gould beat Fort Myers’ Adam Hamilton and Chris Green in a tiebreaker to win the match and give the Eagles the final point they needed to move on to the regional finals.
The team score was tied 3-3 on Tuesday when the lights went out on Fort Myers’ courts in the third set of the No. 1 doubles match. The doubles teams were tied at a set a piece and had to play the decisive third set Wednesday.
Riess and Gould won 6-3, 6-7, 7-6. With the final set tied at six games each, the Naples duo won the tiebreaker 8-6. Riess and Gould had match point at 6-4 in the tiebreaker, but Fort Myers tied it at 6-6 before Naples won the final two games.
“It was crazy,” Naples coach Tony Kamen said. “This was the most intense match I’ve seen.”
Naples plays at Barron Collier at 3 p.m. Thursday in the regional finals. The winner advances to the 3A state finals, which begin Monday.
The Barron Collier girls will play at Fort Myers, which beat Naples High 4-1 on Tuesday, on Thursday at 3 p.m.
Naples 4, Fort Myers 3
1. Adam Hamilton (FM) d. Jack Riess 7-5, 6-4; 2. Chris Green (FM) d. Garrett Gould 6-1, 6-4; 3. Alex D’Angelo (N) d. Corey Roberts 6-2, 6-3; 4. Frank Rodriguez (N) d. Andrew Cohen 6-0, 7-6; 5. Tyler Delucca (FM) d. Nel-Marc Guerrier 7-5, 7-6
1. Riess/Gould (N) d. Hamilton/Green 6-3, 6-7, 7-6; 2. D’Angelo/Rodriguez (N) d. Roberts/Delucca 6-2, 7-5.