Belaya, Diaz win Class 3A state tennis titles


Viera High's Sasha Belaya won the Class 3A individual state singles championship, then teamed with Izzie Diaz to win the Class 3A doubles state championship.


The Viera High tennis program had never produced a state champion … until now.

And we’re not just talking about one state title, either.

Yep. We’re talking about two.

Viera junior Sasha Belaya defeated Geetha Velusamy of East Lake 6-2, 6-3 to win the Class 3A individual singles championship at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs on Thursday.

Belaya then teamed with sophomore Izzie Diaz to win the doubles championship with a 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-1) win over Catherine Jakeway and Gabriela Castello of Nease.

The state championships capped a magical season for the Hawks, who went undefeated in the regular season and advanced to the regional finals before losing to eventual state champ West Boca Raton.