By RODNEY PAGE
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS -- Hillsborough schools had a minor presence on the second day of the Class 3A state tournament at Sanlando Park. And for those still alive, their stay was short.
Plant's No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams lost their semifinal matches and ended with four points, good for fifth. Plant's No. 1 team of Nicholas Bass and Javier Martinez fell to East Lake's Ryan Buchanan and Adel Naser 6-2, 6-3.
Its No. 2 team of John Day and Eli Samaha lost to Naples Barron Collier's David Theiss and David Schmuck 6-1, 6-3.
Barron Collier won the state title with 17 points, seven more than second-place East Lake.
On the girls side, King had no players advance to the second day. The Lions finished tied for sixth with two points.
Countryside won the girls state championship with 14 points, one ahead of Fort Lauderdale Aquinas.
Wharton's Konstantin Lazarov was the only area individual left standing after Wednesday. But Lazarov was quickly eliminated by Lely's Jesse Witten 6-0, 6-0 in Thursday morning's semifinal.