The Out-of-Door Academy boys and girls tennis teams both opened the season with a pair of victories Feb. 5 and 7.
On Feb. 5, ODA beat Sarasota 5-2. Maria Ross (6-0, 6-0), M’Balia Bangoura (6-0, 6-1), Alana Sherman (6-0, 6-0), Savannah Sleight (6-2, 6-0) and Megan Jones (6-4, 6-2) all record singles victories for the Lady Thunder. Dan Pivonka (default), Luke Horan (6-2, 6-4), Ethan Eckhart (6-3, 6-3), Jordy Moran (6-1, 6-0) and Marcus Buffett (6-0, 6-3) all recorded singles victories for the Thunder.
On Feb. 7, the ODA girls defeated St. Pete Catholic 7-0 while the ODA boys defeated St. Pete Catholic 7-0.
Ross (6-1, 6-0), Sherman (6-0, 6-1), Sleight (6-0, 6-2), Cheyenne Kerekes (6-0, 6-0) and Megan Jones (default) all posted singles victories for the Lady Thunder. Morgan Woods and Chloe Ruppert won their No. 1 doubles match 8-3 while Koty Malisoff and Charlotte Dixon posed an 8-3 victory at No. 2 doubles.
Pivonka (6-1, 6-0), Horan (6-0, 6-0), Eckhart (6-0, 6-0), Moran (6-0, 6-0) and Philip Churitescu (6-1, 6-0) captured singles victories for the Thunder. Moran and Eckhart later teamed up for an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles.
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