Prep tennis playoff roundup: April 18
No. 9 Cibola rolled past No. 8 Marana-Mountain View on Monday on the road, not even needing doubles in a 5-1 win in the 5A-II Boys Team Tennis Tournament.
But Raiders coach Duncan Phillips said the shoe will be on the other foot Thursday in the quarterfinals against No. 1 Chaparral.
“We're excited. I'm going to be honest with you, I know we're probably not going to win,” Phillips said. “The kids know that. But they are excited to play somebody good. They're going to find out what good tennis is.”
Albert Castro and Luis Franco had easy wins at No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively. Castro won 6-1, 6-0, while Franco didn't lose a game. Brett Boyer (6-2, 6-4), Blake Boyer (6-2, 6-3) and Sammy Ahmed (6-2, 6-3) won as well. Myungsu Son's 6-4, 7-5 (7-5) loss was the only blemish for the Raiders.
“We played whoever they put in front of us,” Phillips said. “It felt good to win. We rather would have played at home, though.”
Gila Ridge loses to Ironwood Ridge
The first playoff appearance in boys tennis for the Hawks didn't go so hot as Gila Ridge lost 5-0 to Ironwood Ridge.
The loss ends the season for the Hawks, as Gila Ridge also did not advance any entries out of the first weekend of the individual tournament.
San Luis falls 5-0
The No. 16 San Luis boys tennis team lost its opener in the 5A-I playoffs to No. 1 Salpointe 5-0 on Monday.
“The scores didn't really reflect it, we had a couple guys bet zero, zero, but we did well,” co-coach Tim Conroy said. “The kids got a chance to talk with Salpointe after the game, and they told them ‘Hey, you were better than we thought.' We knew it was going to be a tough match, but the kids hung in there and had a good time.”
Despite the loss, the Sidewinders have two entries alive in the Division I Boys Tennis Doubles tournament. Alonso Gonzalez and Luis Lopez will face a duo from Cesar Chavez on April 29, while Ismael Santos will also have a third-round match in the singles' bracket. Santos, at No. 3, lost 6-3, 6-0 to his Salpointe opponent on Monday.
San Luis falls at Highland
No. 11 San Luis pulled out one singles win, but it wasn't enough in a 5-1 loss to No. 6 Highland in the first round of the 5A-I Girls Team Tennis Tournament.
The loss puts an end to the Sidewinders' season.
Kofa loses at Corona del Sol
Mirka Jenikova was the lone King to get a win in No. 10 Kofa's 5-1 loss at No. 7 Highland on Monday in a 5A-I first-round match.
Jenikova won 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(5), using tie-breakers in the last two to secure the win.
The loss ends the season for the Kings, who had no one advance into the third round at the individual tournament.
“We did a very good job this year,” coach Danilo Montialli said of his GVR champion Kings. “Nobody expected us to win region. We had a great run starting against San Luis, then we beat Cibola, then we won a doubleheader at Lake Havasu. It was a great run for us and a great group of kids.”
Cibola blanked by Ironwood Ridge
No. 2 Ironwood Ridge rolled past No. 15 Cibola on Monday 5-0 in a 5A-II first-round match.
While the team didn't have much success, the doubles team of Amrutha Doniparthi and Leslie Cruz-Rivera will pick up action in the third-round of the individual tournament April 29.