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Sister act: Harrises lead Desert Mountain to Division II crown

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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 1:06 am | Updated: 7:48 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Emily and Hannah Harris knew they had just one chance to win a high school state title together.

When the opportunity came for it to happen, they didn’t waste any time.

The sisters from Scottsdale Desert Mountain — Hannah a senior and Emily a freshman — finished off Anthem Boulder Creek with a 10-0 doubles victory to give the Wolves a 5-2 win in the finals of the 5A-II tennis state tournament on Tuesday at Paseo Racquet Club in Glendale.

“You couldn’t have planned it any better,” Hannah said.

Although just a freshman, Emily is the No. 1 player on Desert Mountain and went undefeated in region play.

She beat Boulder Creek’s Vanessa Green in singles, 6-2, 6-0.

“I never imagined we’d be here, me as a freshman, winning state,” Emily said. “I’m shocked right now.”

The pair doesn’t play each other often — “Emily’s a lot better than me. I wouldn’t be much of a workout for her,” Hannah said — but together they played to perfection.

Desert Mountain led 4-2 after singles and needed just the one victory in doubles to secure the title.

“Those two girls are the heart of our team,” Desert Mountain coach Kim Greenawalt said.

Another pair of sisters, Evie and Jessica Heigh, each won their singles matches for Desert Mountain, which also won the boys title.


Kate and Maggie McGeorge beat Sarah Serano and Ashlee Wingersky 10-5 in the first doubles match to give Tucson Salpointe Catholic the 5A-I state title with a 5-2 win over Phoenix Xavier.

The Gators won the previous match this season, 5-4, but a switch of the five and six players by Salpointe helped it to the title. Both McGeorges won their singles matches, as did Kristen Touche and Cindy Sands for the Lancers.

Michelle Yo and Lauren Akin had the singles wins for Xavier. Gators coach Laurie Martin was unhappy at the unexpected change in the lineup, but didn’t blame it for the loss.

“They played a good match,” Martin said.

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