Pick of the Preps: Tennis starts road to state

2013-04-15T00:00:00Z 2013-04-15T15:28:32Z Pick of the Preps: Tennis starts road to stateDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The state tournament is officially here.

It's the beginning of the end this week as the individual tennis tournament opens up on Friday in the Phoenix area. Next week the team state playoffs kick off, and so does the postseason for most baseball and softball teams.

It's crunch time for everyone, and there are several big matchups this week as well as one last tournament for boys volleyball teams. Here's a look at what to watch:

Today

Baseball: Tucson High hosts Sunnyside at Cherry Field at 6:30 p.m. in a big Division I matchup.

The Badgers are ranked fourth in the power rankings and have been on a serious roll lately winning five straight games, most recently beating Canyon del Oro 6-5 on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Sunnyside has lost four in a row and has fallen to No. 24 in the rankings. A win against Tucson would be huge for the Blue Devils, who have four of their final five games on the road.

Friday

Tennis: The best boys and girls singles and doubles players from all over the state will travel to five sites in the Phoenix area to open up the spring state playoffs with the individual tennis state tournament.

The first and second rounds will take place Friday and the third round will be on Saturday. Action will resume the following weekend with the championship round set for April 27.

Boys volleyball: Fifteen local teams will travel to Pueblo for the two-day Warrior Invitational.

Action starts up at 2 p.m. Friday and runs into the night. It resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. with bracket play with the championship match set for that afternoon.

The teams entered are Amphitheater, Sierra Vista Buena, Canyon del Oro, Catalina, Cienega, Desert Christian, Desert View, Flowing Wells, Marana, Mountain View, Palo Verde, Pueblo, Sabino, Sahuaro and Tucson.

Contact high school sports coordinator Daniel Gaona at dgaona@azstarnet.com or 807-7761. On Twitter @DanielGaona13

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