Viera tennis teams enjoying successful seasons
The Viera girls tennis team may have lost three top players from last year's team, but that didn't stop the Hawks from getting off to a 9-0 start this season.
Viera Voice Carl Kotala
While the Viera High girls tennis team is enjoying some surprising success this season, the boys team is enjoying a program first.
The Hawks have clinched the top spot in the Cape Coast Conference South Division for the first time in school history, setting up a March 27 date with Edgewood for the CCC title.
“It meant so much to the team and it really meant a lot to me,” Viera boys coach John Lindheimer said. “We are no better than Melbourne, Satellite or Eau Gallie. It was that tight.”
Viera defeated both Melbourne and Satellite by scores of 4-3, then after already clinching the No. 1 spot, lost to Eau Gallie 4-3 in a match the Hawks played without top singles player Gabe Diaz.
It’s expected Diaz will take the court when the Hawks go for the district title April 18 and 19. Linheimer said Viera’s goal is to reach at least the Class 3A regional final this season. And having Diaz, ranked No. 40 in the state in 16-under, is clearly a big key to the Hawks’ success.
“Gabe does the heavy lifting and our depth gets us the other points,” Lindheimer said. “That’s how we won the CCC. Gabe has never lost a district or CCC singles match in his three-year career.”
Playing behind Diaz are sophomore Griffin Lamp at No. 2 singles, junior Nico Andrade at No. 3, freshman Zak Sedaros at No. 4 and sophomore Ben Gust at No. 5.
Junior Oskar Giborn and senior Matt Bean help fill out the doubles lineup. Junior Gabe Gusman had been playing No. 1 doubles for the Hawks but was lost for the season with an ankle injury.
After losing No. 1 player Sasha Belaya to graduation, and two more top players who simply didn’t want to play, it appeared the Viera girls might not be able to dominate opponents the way they have in the past.
But with new head coach Shelly Rosseau leading the way, Viera’s new lineup was off to a 9-0 start.
Junior Amanda Sedaros is the Hawks’ No. 1 player, followed by senior Emily Li, sophomore Shanesse Rodriguez, junior Blakely Duke and senior Leeya Joman.
The Hawks still had to complete a match against Melbourne — it was tied with the final doubles match still to be finished — but it’s already been a successful season.
“To me, it’s more about allowing everyone a chance to play,” Rosseau said. “Honestly, I’m surprised how well we’ve done this year.
“… There was no pressure going into the season. I don’t even think the girls realized that the season would end up as it’s been going. I’m very pleased, and I think we’re still learning and still growing and improving.”