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Gulf senior earns berth in state tournament

By IZZY GOULD
Published April 18, 2007


ZEPHYRHILLS - His forehand and net play were commanding.

And once Trevor Hubbard's serve started kicking up like hot sauce, the match was as good as done.

Gulf's senior ace - and top-seeded singles player - won the Class 2A, District 6 singles title Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-3 victory against Nature Coast's Jonathon Kidder.

Now Hubbard can return to the state tournament to avenge a first-round exit last season to Sarasota's Johnson Booker, 6-2, 6-1.

Hubbard said one problem with last year's state tournament match was his impatience.

"I was going after too much," Hubbard said. "The kid just brought everything back and I kept swinging as hard as I possibly could and just kept missing."

Focus wasn't an issue Tuesday when Hubbard endured a delay between his morning doubles match and the singles final.

He hardly seemed fazed as he controlled the tempo to breeze to victory.

Once Hubbard scored match point, a small crowd beneath a tent burst into celebration.

"I lost focus for a few games, but it wasn't too bad," Hubbard said. "I was pretty happy with my play."

Gulf coach Brett Weist was pleased with the effort and excited his No. 1 player will get a second shot at state.

"He wanted to go back and prove he's better than he's been showing," Weist said. "It's really intimidating to be at states with all the competition that's there. But now that he's been there a couple of times hopefully he can settle in and just play the way he did today."

Izzy Gould can be reached at igould@sptimes.com or (727) 580-5315.