Pusch Ridge girls regain title, finish perfect year

2010-05-16T00:00:00Z Pusch Ridge girls regain title, finish perfect year Arizona Daily Star
May 16, 2010 12:00 am

The Pusch Ridge Christian girls tennis program avenged last year's loss to Phoenix Country Day and completed a perfect 15-0 season in the process.

The Lions, who lost to Country Day 5-0 in the semifinals last year, won 5-4 Saturday to win the 2A-3A state team championship for the third time in four years. The match was held at Paseo Tennis Center in Glendale.

Sami Towne and Kelsey Andres beat Allesandra Dagirmanjian and Nikita Mokhashi 10-5 in the No. 2 doubles match to seal the win.

Pusch Ridge coach David Towne credited his No. 4 and No. 5 singles players for getting huge victories.

"Mara (Batinica) and Kelsey (Andres) played extremely well," Towne said. "Without those two, we wouldn't have been able to win."

Batinica defeated Dagirmanjian 6-2, 6-2, and Andres beat Mokhashi 6-3, 6-2.

"This was something special and somewhat unexpected," Towne said. "Phoenix Country Day was good, and I had no idea all our girls would peak at the right time."

Pusch Ridge advanced earlier in the day by beating Miami 5-0 in the semifinals.

Towne called this year's squad "one of the deepest teams we're ever had."

In boys action, Sedona Red Rock defeated Desert Christian 5-4. In the other semifinal, Phoenix Country Day beat Safford 5-0.

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