High School Tennis: Both Salpointe teams capture state titles

Boys outlast Brophy; girls cruise to 5-0 victory over Xavier
2011-04-29T00:00:00Z High School Tennis: Both Salpointe teams capture state titlesDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 29, 2011 12:00 am  • 

GLENDALE - For the first time since 2007, the Salpointe Catholic boys and girls tennis teams swept the 5A-I team titles.

But they accomplished the feat in completely different ways.

The top-seeded boys had to rally and outlast two-time defending state champion Phoenix Brophy in a nail-biting 5-4 victory Thursday.

Meanwhile, the second-seeded girls wasted no time in disposing No. 1 Phoenix Xavier 5-0 on their way to a third straight team title.

Both matches were played at Paseo Racquet Center.

Since 2004, the Lancer teams have combined for a dozen state titles. Each has won six.

It came down to the final match for the Salpointe boys (19-1).

"It's a great win for us and our school," coach John Condes said. "The guys never gave up. Brophy had all the momentum heading into doubles and the guys took it away early.

"We knew it was going to be close. But we were ready."

Sophomores Brandon Gerber and Tyler Linscott broke the 4-4 deadlock with a 10-7 doubles win. Gerber had lost 6-0, 6-3 in singles play. But he said he was happy to get a second chance.

"I felt so bad for losing my match. Honestly, I felt guilty," he said. "(But) I know the Dunn brothers. And I knew we were going to take care of business. Me and my doubles partner haven't lost a match."

Salpointe junior Matt Dunn lost his singles match 6-3, 6-7 (4), 5-7 against Kyle Chalmers that lasted more than three hours. That tied the match at 3.

But Matt came back to team with sophomore brother Andrew for a 10-0 doubles win to even the match at 4 and put the final doubles team in control.

Condes said that win shifted the momentum completely.

"We knew it was going to be close but we were hoping that it wouldn't be as close as it was," Matt Dunn said. "But that's the best way to win.

"I couldn't ask for a better way to end it," he added. "I can't wait to put my hands on that trophy and take it home."

The Salpointe girls (15-0) came in with a lofty goal - not playing doubles, according to coach Perri Touché.

"These kids wanted it; you don't go out there and beat Xavier 5-0," Touché added. "This is quite a feat for these kids.

"These kids went out and said they were not playing doubles today," she added

Sophomore Maeve McGeorge won 6-3, 6-4, then Clair Baxter, Nicole Whinery and Courtney Amos added victories to put Salpointe within one point of capturing the state title.

"I just came in with the attitude that I wasn't going to lose," McGeorge said.

But the two remaining matches went into a third set.

At that point, junior Lauren Amos stepped up for the Lancers. She rallied for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win to clinch the title Touché said she knew Amos would win when it went into a third set.

"I knew if I won that we'd win state," Lauren Amos said. "I don't think it's settled in. It probably will on the drive home or tomorrow morning. But it's really exciting."

The 5A state baseball and softball tournaments start Saturday morning. The AIA released the brackets Thursday. Here's a look at the matchups involving Southern Arizona teams. All times are to be determined unless noted.

SOFTBALL

5A-I first round, Saturday

No. 10 Salpointe Catholic vs. No. 7 Phoenix Xavier, at Rose Mofford Complex, 1 p.m.

No. 14 Sierra Vista Buena at No. 3 Chandler Basha 5A-II first round, Saturday

No. 14 Mountain View at No. 3 Ironwood Ridge, 11 a.m.

No. 11 Sunnyside at No. 6 Scottsdale Desert Mountain

BASEBALL

5A-I first round, Saturday

No. 10 Phoenix Trevor Browne at No. 7 Salpointe Catholic

5A-II first round, Saturday

No. 10 Surprise Valley Vista at No. 7 Ironwood Ridge

No. 11 Sunnyside at No. 6 Scottsdale Horizon

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