GLENDALE - It seemed as if Allie Scott and Gabrielle Courtney of Pusch Ridge Christian were in control of their Division III girls doubles match Saturday after winning the first set, but a state title doesn't come easy.
"We both battled it out, I did not figure we would go to a third set, and we did, then we went to a tiebreaker," Scott said. "And we did it."
The top-seeded team outlasted Rae Aaron and Charlotte Aaron of Phoenix Country Day School 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4) to win the state championship at Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale.
"Once the tiebreaker hit, it was just, 'Oh man, it's hot,'" Scott said, adding that communication was key, especially after the third-seeded Aarons won three straight games in the final set and forced the tiebreaker after the Pusch Ridge Christian team led 6-5.
"She said it was over, and I was like, 'No, Allie, it's our senior year, we are winning this match,'" Courtney said. "And we did. It was crazy."
Courtenay Gleason of Desert Christian took third place in Division III girls singles, beating No. 5 Cassidy McWhorter of St. David 6-1, 6-1.
In Division III boys doubles, unseeded Davis Towne and Camron Vick of Pusch Ridge Christian finished third, beating Alex and Nick Smallwood of Safford 7-6, 6-4.
• In Division I, the Salpointe entrants who reached the finals came up short. In girls singles, defending champion and top-seed Caroline Amos fell 6-0, 3-6, 6-0 to second-seeded Madison Clarke of Phoenix Xavier in the final.
In boys doubles, top-seeded Lancers Andrew Dunn and Tyler Linscott needed three sets to win their semifinal match. Dunn and Linscott then lost 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 to the No. 2-seeded team of David Akin and Michael Cowan of Phoenix Brophy.
Salpointe freshman Yash Parikh finished third after falling in his semifinal match.