High school tennis: S. Arizonans shine at individual state meet

2011-04-16T00:00:00Z 2011-04-22T14:29:04Z High school tennis: S. Arizonans shine at individual state meet Arizona Daily Star
April 16, 2011 12:00 am

Southern Arizona had a successful opening day at the Division I and Division II individual state tennis tournaments.

The Mountain View boys advanced both singles players and both of its double teams to the second round.

Brandon Konieczny won 6-0, 6-1 over Jayme Clark from Phoenix Maricopa, and Jordan Shapiro beat Joe Ramirez from Maricopa 6-3, 6-1.

In an all-Southern Arizona match, Dan Rapcsak from Catalina Foothills topped Luis Luan Tarazon from Pueblo 6-0, 6-0.

Rapcsak was the only Foothills player to play Friday; the other singles player, Wade Heerboth, and both doubles teams, drew byes in the opening round.

Ironwood Ridge was in a similar spot. Dylan Vo was the only singles player in action. He defeated Ryan Jahnke from Gilbert Williams Field 6-0, 6-1.

Marana's Michael Choffin easily advanced to the second round with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Emil Gutierrez from Queen Creek Poston Butte. Choffin will face Glendale's Robert Garcia today in the second round.

The Pueblo doubles team of Blake Maddox and Matthew Arriaga also advanced.

On the girls side, it was more of the same, with an impressive showing from Southern Arizona.

In Division I, Desert View's Sadiya Buta easily won 6-0, 6-0 over Mesa Westwood's Kaitlin Baker.

Tucson's Nicole Harvey needed three sets but topped Betina Castillo from Mesa Skyline 6-7, 6-3, 6-0. Sierra Vista Buena's Paige VanDeCar advanced with a 6-0, 6-1 win.

Rincon/University's Anik Regan also moved on with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Jenna Kirkman from Chandler Basha.

In Division II, Marana's Gabriella Spencer, Mountain View's Reina Mizukoshi and Canyon del Oro's Lisa Zimmer all won in straight sets.

Second-round action starts this morning in Phoenix.

One match to keep an eye on is Ironwood Ridge's Amanda Coldren and Nogales' Cristian Oropeza. Both players received a bye in the first round Friday.

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