Saturday afternoon rain showers made a mess of the courts – and the final outcomes in the Arizona high school state tennis championships, putting on hold the Division I boys’ doubles championship and the Division II girls’ singles title.
But, before the wet stuff started covering the courts at Paseo Tennis Center in Glendale, Mesa’s Mountain View High School managed to secure a couple of titles.
Jesse Miritello, Mountain View’s senior No. 2 seed, pulled off an upset of Horizon High‘s No. 1 Cole Stofflet in a spirited match that culminated in a tie-breaker. Miritello used a strong game at the net to defeat Stofflet, 6-3, 6-3, and avenge a season-opening loss to Horizon’s top seed.
And on the girls’ side, it was the Mountain View doubles team of Anya and Madeline Lamoreaux that added another trophy to the school’s collection, defeating Chaparral High‘s Rebecca Salaway and Grace Koester, 6-2, 7-6.
The twin sisters have now made it two state doubles titles in a row after also winning last year as freshmen.
This year’s singles title went to another youngster with plenty of time ahead for more titles. Josie Frazier, a freshman from Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, claimed this year’s title with a dominant win over Liza Isayev, 6-0, 6-0. Like Stofflet, Isayev is from Horizon High.
In Division II competition, Tucson’s Catalina Foothills High School had a strong showing in doubles play this year. The Falcons won the girls’ doubles title by defeating the Notre Dame Prep duo of Alexandra Lehman and Alyssa Heid (6-2, 7-5) and the boys’ doubles team of Michael and Mason Lee made it to the title match before falling to Thunderbird High School.
The Thunderbird tandem of Derek James and Scott Rowe earned this year’s title by defeating the Lee brothers, 7-5, 6-4. James is a senior and Rowe is a junior, but this is their first state doubles title.
And Yash Parikh, a senior from Salpointe Catholic in Tucson, is this year’s D-II state boys’ singles champion. His two-set victory (7-5, 6-1) over Carlos Hassey from Shadow Ridge High makes it two state titles for his prep career; he also won as a sophomore.