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Bring on the state finals

They struggled last year, and on Thursday they were staring at a matchup with reigning 2A state tennis co-champion Gulliver Prep. So, naturally, the American Heritage girls won, earning a trip to next week's state finals.

No. 1 Julie Sabacinski dropped Gulliver's Ashley Moore 6-1, 6-1, then teamed with No. 2 Ekatarina Kiseleva to beat Moore and Jessica Linero 6-1, 6-4 in doubles. Also winners in the Patriots' 4-2 decision were Kiseleva (7-5, 3-6, 6-2 over Linero) and No. 5 Danna Gandelman (6-1, 6-1 over Amanda Davis).

On the boys' side, Cypress Bay swept through Cooper City 7-0 on Thursday to earn its own state trip.

*Update* ... Another couple of state qualifiers, from Thursday: defending 3A girls' champ St. Thomas Aquinas, and Cypress Bay's girls.

More to be determined Friday.

--Patrick Dorsey