Girls fall in finals, but Moties head to state

The girls’ tennis team lost to North Palm Beach Benjamin 4-3 Thursday at Melbourne’s Fee Avenue tennis court and was eliminated from the Class 1A state tennis finals.

Senior Chelsea Motie, however, has qualified to compete in individual play at the state finals scheduled to be held at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford on Tuesday.

“So far, I’ve been undefeated through regionals,” Motie said. “I’ve never won state, but I’ve made it this far every year since seventh grade. The best I’ve ever done is placed 2nd in state.”

Motie and her sister Jana will compete in the No. 1 doubles finals.

“Since our team lost as a whole, we can’t go to state as a team,” Chelsea said. “I get to go because I won districts as an individual. Jana’s coming with me because I placed first at districts and we’re playing in doubles together.”

Last Friday, the Moties both won their individual matches and then finished first in No. 1 doubles competition as girls’ tennis team came from behind to knock off Vero Beach’s St. Edwards and claim the Class 1A, District 11 Tennis Tournament championship at Melbourne’s Fee Avenue tennis courts Friday afternoon. Chelsea Motie is 12-0 and Jana is 8-0.

“We had never beaten St. Edward’s, but our team stepped it up,” Jana said.

In addition, sophomores Jackie Martin and Aalekhya Tenali won the No. 2 doubles competition. St. Edward’s had held a 2-point lead after Monday’s semifinal but West Shore rallied to defeat the Lady Pirates with a 17-13 final score.

The boys’ team finished third overall, moving up from a fourth-place showing after Monday’s semifinals.

By Jennifer Garrido and Marissa Vega