Venice girls tennis team advances to state tournament

Venice's Nika DeLong returns a shot at No. 3 singles against Gulf Coast in the Class 4A regional final Thursday, April 21, 2022, at Venice High.

VENICE – In tennis, it is always good to have court awareness.

A couple of girls on the Venice High team had courts awareness Thursday.

Nika DeLong and Adela Piskor were aware of the action on the surrounding courts and raced to finish their singles matches.

After both the Venice Nos. 1 and 2 doubles teams of Nicole Cierniak and Mikalya Faure and DeLong and Christine Wu opened with victories, DeLong and Piskor clinched the Class 4A regional final over Gulf Coast with decisions at Nos. 3 and 5 singles, respectively.

The 4-0 victory over the Sharks earned the Venice girls its first trip to the state championships since 2014.

Cierniak and Faure, who were going to states as a result of winning the No. 1 doubles title at the district tournament, won 6-1, 6-2. DeLong and Wu posted a 6-0, 6-3 victory at No. 2 doubles.

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