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Final day trips up Green Devils duo

At Altamonte Springs, after more than eight hours of grueling matches in the first two days of the state tournament, St. Petersburg's Shaye Wali finally got a quick match on Friday.

By SCOTT PURKS
Published April 28, 2007


At Altamonte Springs, after more than eight hours of grueling matches in the first two days of the state tournament, St. Petersburg's Shaye Wali finally got a quick match on Friday.

Unfortunately for him and teammate Aaron Ellison, the individual doubles' final had them on the losing end, 6-2, 6-1 to a team from Flagler Palm Coast.

"I don't think Shaye was as sharp as he could have been, which is understandable after all that tennis he played the previous two days (including three three-setters on Thursday), " Green Devils coach Alan Turnquist said.

"But that isn't taking anything away from the team (Wali and Ellison) were playing. Flagler Palm Coast had a good team."

Wali lost Thursday in the individual singles final, but followed with a three-set victory with Ellison Thursday afternoon.

"All in all it was a great showing for the boys, " Turnquist said. "They played hard and they played well. I couldn't have asked for much more out of them."

The only other player from the tampa bay area to play Friday was Alonso's Megan Broderick, who defended her overall individual singles title with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over a player from Miami Palmetto.