Athlete of the Week
Erica Medlin: The Gilbert Mesquite freshman won the Chandler Invitational last month and has posted a 12-2 record so far this season. She has helped the Wildcats emerge as one of the top girls teams in the East Valley.
“She has done a great job filling the No. 1 spot for us this season,” Mesquite coach Peter Marcentel said. “She’s combined with Jaclyn Daywalt to form a very strong No. 1 doubles team with an 11-3 record for the regular season.”
Mesquite’s girls finished the regular season at 13-1, capturing their first-ever regular season Fiesta Region title, and will have a solid seed in the upcoming state tournament.
Brophy Gets Good News
Phoenix Brophy got some good news Wednesday when an Arizona Interscholastic Association ruling allowed Lorenz Laurel, the team’s No. 2 player, to remain in that position after an injury kept him out of recent action.
Brophy coach Bill Woods said an injured player who may return is generally placed into the lineup that is submitted to the AIA in the position that he would play when he comes back from the injury.
If he does not play singles in the match, all players below him are moved up to fill the vacant spot.
There was concern Laurel would have to play out of position due to his injury, but the AIA and 5A tennis advisory board ruled that Laurel, who had surgery to repair a ligament in his left wrist about two weeks ago, will be allowed to stay in his accustomed spot.
“This was the ruling that I expected,” Woods said. “I believe that the spirit of the rule is to have teams play their lineups in order of ability.
“I believe that placing Lorenz in the No. 2 spot on the singles ladder is probably the most fair place for him. There is no way of knowing exactly how well he will play, but he showed before he had the surgery that he could play very well with the injury.“
Horizon Girls Finish Undefeated
Scottsdale Horizon’s girls tennis team finished the 5A-II Pima Region regular season undefeated and heads into this week’s regional tournament ranked second in the power rankings.
“We have a good chance for the region singles and doubles championships in the individual tournament,” Horizon coach Bill Dillon said. “Shelley Johnson will be playing singles and Chelsi Redpath and Cassie Corcoran will be playing doubles.”
Tempe Girls Team Poised for State
Tempe High’s girls tennis team entered regionals this week ranked 15th in 4A-II with a 6-7 record, and on the verge of heading to state for the first time in more than a decade.
“My team is made up of mostly sophomores and juniors who have never played tennis before coming to Tempe High,” coach Darlene Periconi said. “I am very proud of them.”
Win Streak Ends for Notre Dame
Scottsdale Chaparral’s girls tennis team, ranked second in 4A-I, handed 4A-II Scottsdale Notre Dame its first loss of the season last week, a 6-3 win for the Firebirds.
Notre Dame quickly rebounded with a win over Phoenix Cortez as it prepares for what could be a rough and tumble state championship. Chandler Seton Catholic’s girls team has emerged as a contender, along with defending champion Scottsdale Arcadia and Notre Dame.
April 14-16: First and second rounds of the 5A state team championships at the site of the highest seed.