“Both outstanding individual players, but together they are even better. Their communication is amazing and they move together,” Sharks coach Jonas Rockhold said. “It is fun to watch.”
The duo capped off an undefeated season as No. 1 doubles partners by winning the 3A state title.
The championship match last Wednesday came against familiar opponents in Barron Collier’s Jorge Vargas and Alan Sweet, whom they beat 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
“We’ve always had a rivalry with Barron Collier,” Rockhold said. (Barrus and Shisler) had met individually but not together as a team.”
“It was what Chris and I had been working toward the whole season and for us to win it against our top rivals made it even more special,” Shisler said.
“Me and Billy played well,” Barrus said of the title match. “Give credit to our opponents. They fought and stayed in it.”
The pair’s strength comes in their chemistry together and from their natural abilities complementing one another.
“Billy’s power and my volley kind of go well. It is a great way to play. He has a great serve and he sets me up well,” said Barrus, a senior who will play at UCF next season.
“We are the perfect complements to each other,” Shisler, a junior, said. “Chris brings his craftiness.”
“Barrus has got quick hands, and when he gets to the net he can score about 90 percent of those points,” Rockhold said. “Billy’s serve is dead on, so they really enhance each other’s game.”
Leonal Delacruz, Immokalee track — Won the 1,600 and 3,200 at the 2A regional while leading the 4x800 relay team to a title.
Carlos Miranda, Palmetto Ridge track — Won 3A district championships in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races.
Liam Pembroke, St. John Neumann track — Qualified for the 1A state finals by winning the shot put and placing fourth in the discus at regional.
Alan Sweet, Barron Collier tennis — Won the No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles draws at the 3A finals as the Cougars won the state title.