Okeechobee High School senior Isabella Derigo is this week’s Big Lake Athlete of the Week for her performance with the OHS tennis team.
Derigo defeated Alexis Moore of John Carroll Catholic on March 29 6-2 in their first set, and 6-1 in their second set. In doubles Derigo and fellow senior Kiersten Sales defeated Moore and Gabriella Lombardi 8-1. Back on March 9 she defeated Sebastian River’s Morgan Griffiths 11-9 in a dramatic match that first ended in a 8-8 tie and had to go into extra sets.
Overall the Lady Brahman tennis team is 11-3 this season. The OHS girls tennis team is coming off back-to-back district championships.
Last season Derigo and B’ellana Schlosser earned a spot in the Florida state tennis finals. Both were victorious in the first two rounds of the state tournament and advanced to the semifinals. Isabella and Schlosser combined to earn the district championship in doubles that season.
Those wins lasts season advanced the Lady Brahmans to the regional tournament, which was hosted in Okeechobee. There the girls defeated Melbourne High School 4-1 in the regional semifinals and finished as regional runners-up following a close 4-3 loss to Vierra in the finals.
If you have someone you’d like to nominate for Big Lake Athlete of the Week, email Lake Okeechobee News sports reporter Richard Marion at email@example.com or visit our Athlete of the Week nomination page at southcentralfloridalife.com/athlete.