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Mesa Red Mountain wins at Kiwanis High

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Posted: Saturday, February 28, 2009 9:25 pm | Updated: 1:51 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Mesa Red Mountain Mountain Lions scored the lone win for the Mesa teams at the 60th annual Kiwanis High School Invitational Tennis Tournament Saturday at Thunderbird Paseo Racquet Club in Glendale.

In the Boys' Gold Doubles, Red Mountain's Kevin Kientiz and Josh Brown took the title in straight sets over the Desert Vista duo of Michael Sato and Austin Goe 7-5, 6-3.

"We did a great job. They're our number two (doubles) team in our regular season," Red Mountain head coach Terry Graves said. "They played really aggressive and hit some bombs for serves."

For Kientiz, there was some extra incentive to play against Desert Vista, a team they previously lost to 7-2.

"It's great to win against that caliber of opponent since they beat us earlier in the season," Kientiz said, "It's nice to win after a couple of tough losses recently."

Red Mountain's Nate Paulson, last year's fourth-place finisher in the 5A-1 boys doubles, found himself in fourth place in the singles tournament.

"Nate did a real good job playing two of the top guys out there," Graves said.

Goodyear Millennium's Carrie Shuler won the girls' singles title by defeating Phoenix Xavier College Prep's Michelle Yu 6-3, 6-1.

Phoenix Mountain Pointe's Andy Nguyen took the boys' title 6-0, 6-4 over Tempe Corona Del Sol's Garrett Dunn.

Phoenix Brophy College Prep won the Boys' Silver Doubles tournament in three sets over Corona while Xavier downed Hamilton 6-1, 6-2 to win the girls' competition.

In the Girls' Gold Doubles, Notre Dame captured the title over Mountain Pointe with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

In mixed doubles, Corona defeated Brophy and Xavier in three sets 6-4, 0-6, 6-3.

Tempe Corona Del Sol won the boys' team title with 33 points and the overall team title with 45 points.

Phoenix Xavier College Prep claimed the crown for the girls with 22 points. Corona was second with 12.

Red Mountain's coach took a look ahead at the season and a shot at the state tournament in April.

"Hopefully we can do well in our region," Graves said. "Dobson has had a good season, Mountain View is always tough and Westwood has lost hardly at all. By the next two weeks, we should know where we'll be at."

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