FPC 7, Pine Ridge 0: Eric Berenblit, Wanyea Barbel and Kyle Alves all earned victories by shutout March 6 and Flagler Palm Coast took a 7-0 win in pro sets play at FPC’s home courts. The Bulldogs also got wins from Igor Sokolov at No. 2 singles by an 8-1 score and Roberto Carrascosa by an 8-2 score at No. 3 singles. Berenblit, the victor at No. 1 singles, teamed with Sokolov for a win at No. 1 doubles and the Barbel-Carrascosa No. 2 doubles team also won. Both doublés matches were by 8-1 scores.
Nease 5, Matanzas 2: Will Hall and Josh Gaynor scored the points for Matanzas on March 5 with wins at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. Hall took an 8-3 win over Anish Kalkakari and Gaynor gave Ashim Mahesh a battle before succumbing 3-8 in the NO. 2 singles Match. Hall and Gaynor teamed up for an 8-4 win over Kalkakari-Mahesh in the No. 1 doubles clash.
FPC 7, Pine Ridge 0: Flagler Palm Coast ran its record to 7-0 with a dominant team victory last week in pro sets play on the home courts over Pine Ridge. FPC remains undefeated through the first month of the season. Twins Victoria and Veronika Goncharova scored an 8-0 victory at No 1 doubles and added two more points winning the No. 1 and No. 1 singles matches, also by 8-0 scores. No. 3 Klara Acierno, No. 4 Nina Walls and No. 5 player A.J. Walters also recorded bagels for the Lady Bulldogs in the singles matches. The only match Pine Ridge won sets was NO. 2 doubles, but Walters and Acierno still managed to win that match 8-2.
Nease 6, Matanzas 1: Natalie Valentchek and Elise Zitka gave the Lady Pirates a lead with an 8-6 defeat of Abby Duran and Mackenzie Valente at No. 1 doubles. The Nease Panthers dominated singles play with three 8-0 wins and a forfeit victory at No. 5 singles. Valentchek lost 3-8 to Katherine Jackovney in the No. 1 singles match during the Feb. 5 matches at Nease.
FPC 7, NSB 0: The Lady Bulldogs picked up their second win of the week Thursday afternoon in a convincing pro sets victory played out on FPC’s home court. Klara Acierno, FPC’s NO. 3 singles player and Nina Walls, playing No. 4, both scored 8-0 wins over their opponents and twins Victoria and Veronika Goncharova won 8-1 at the No. 1 and No. 2 matches. A.J. Walters completed the sweep with an 8-4 victory at No. 5. In doublés play, the Goncharova’s scored another 8-1 win at No. 1, while Acierno and Walters won the No. 2 match by an 8-2 score.
Taylor 3, Matanzas 2: Matanzas had the brief lead in the top of the first, but the Wildcats settled in to win a pitching dual between their Kaylee Cowart and Matanzas hurler Madison Bodin Tuesday night in Pierson. Alyssia Paiz and Ellie Hansen led the nine-hit attack for Matanzas, with Paiz hitting a pair of doubles and Hansen two singles and the pair were in the center of the two run scoring rally. Bodin scattered five hits and walked one while getting two strikeouts. Cowart backed up her nine-hitter by fanning five and she also allowed a walk.
St. Augustine 10, FPC 2: Jasmine Hattani and Katie Kormacki scored the unassisted goals for the Lady Pirates in the Feb. 5 district contest. Jessica Anderson had eight saves for FPC and Hannah Murphy had four saves for FPC. The loss evened FPC’s season record at 2-2.
FPC 27, Pine Ridge 7: A game-opening scare put the Lady Bulldogs behind early, but they rallied quickly with quarterback Malia Dalzell engineering the rout with four touchdown passes. Dalzell, the starting keeper for the FPC soccer team, threw two touchdown strikes to basketball star Jimaya Baker and also completed scores to Marla Sadio and Breaza Robinson in the Monday Feb. 5 game at Sal Campanella Memorial Stadium. It was the season opener for both squads.
FPC 6, Apopka 0: Defense ruled in the March 6 game against Apopka and the Lady Bulldogs got the better of it thanks in part to the tenacious play of Jimaya Baker. Baker had three quarterback sacks and pestered the Blue Darters backfield all game. One of her quarterback hurries led to an errant throw that Malia Dalzell intercepted and returned for the game’s only score. FPC improved to 2-0 with the victory.
-- Andy Mikula