Tennis state championships: 5-2 wins give St. Gregory a 1A sweep

2011-05-15T00:00:00Z 2011-05-23T11:09:00Z Tennis state championships: 5-2 wins give St. Gregory a 1A sweep Arizona Daily Star
May 15, 2011 12:00 am

The St. Gregory boys tennis team won its fourth straight state championship Saturday in Glendale - and this time, it had some company.

At the same time the boys were picking up a 5-2 win over Gilbert Christian in the state championship match at the Paseo Racquet Center, the girls team was also on its way to a title.

The girls eventually beat St. David 5-2 to give the Hawks a sweep of the 1A tennis titles for the first time since 2008.

"It's great for the school," coach Mark Swenson said. "For the boys to go up to Phoenix and beat a Valley school in their backyard is great.

"And it was good to get the girls' first title since 2008."

For the boys, David Strong, Connor Johnson, Noam Shahar, and Edward Recchion all posted singles victories. The doubles team of Strong and Johnson clinched the team win with a 10-3 victory.

On the girls side, Tess Carter, Caroline Nore, Natalie Wade, Hannah Sawyer and Taylor Ewing won singles matches. Wade and Tessa Castillo clinched the state title with a doubles win.

2A-3A

In its first-ever trip to the 2A-3A state championship match, the Pusch Ridge Christian boys team claimed a state title, beating Thatcher, 5-4.

After a tight singles session that saw each team win three matches, Pusch Ridge's doubles team of Caleb Tvrdy and Joel Johnson ended theirs in the final doubles competition with a 10-5 win.

"It's a total surprise," coach David Towne said. "It's very sweet to win our first one."

The Lions girls fell in the title match 5-2 to Phoenix Country Day.

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