It didn’t come without some extra effort, but Corona del Sol’s Alex Lawson is now a four-time tennis state champion.
The Aztec senior had to rally from a set down on Saturday to beat Chaparral’s Nolan Bauer in the Division I championship match, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Lawson won doubles titles as a freshman and sophomore, then singles titles as a junior and a senior. He’s off to play collegiate tennis at Notre Dame this fall.
But on Saturday at the Paseo Tennis Center in Glendale, Lawson got all he could handle from Bauer.
“I usually come out on top when I play him, but it’s never an easy match. He played real well today,” Lawson said. “He kind of caught me off guard in that first set,” Lawson said. “He handled me pretty easy.”
Lawson found his game in the second set and then jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third set to get some much needed momentum.
“When you’re down you definitely have to change something,” Lawson said. “What I was doing wasn’t working. I wasn’t really worried, but I was definitely a little nervous.”
Bauer battled, but Lawson’s game-changing plan of simply keeping the ball in play worked to his advantage when Bauer eventually made more mistakes.
Bauer, the No. 3 seed, advanced to the final by downing Nicolas Montoya of Horizon in the semifinals. It was Montoya whom Lawson beat in last year’s final.
Division I girls doubles
Xavier’s Maggie Cohen and Scarlet Rush were in a rush to win their match.
“We played fast so Maggie could go to prom,” Rush said.
They did so quite successfully as the duo beat the Tucson Salpointe team of Lauren Amos and Claire Baxter, 6-3, 6-1.
Not a bad day for Rush, a freshman and Cohen, a sophomore. As a duo they didn’t lose a doubles match all year
“We had to be aggressive and not hesitate on our shots,” Rush said.
Salpointe didn’t go without a victory on Saturday as Courtney Amos won the Division I singles with a three set win over No. 1-seed Madison Clarke of Xavier.
The Lancers also won the boys doubles title with No. 1 seed Matt Dunn and Andrew Dunn beating Hudson Blake and Zach Cihlar of Brophy, 6-4, 6-4.