Pusch Ridge senior Sofia Fetsis claimed her second state singles championship by outlasting Chandler Prep standout No. 2 Sangeet Bhalla 6-1, 7-6 Monday at ASU. Fetsis led 6-1 in the second set but Bhalla scored five straight to make things interesting.
“I knew I had to focus on one ball at a time and to keep moving my feet,” the top-seeded Fetsis said. “Now, I think we have a good shot at winning as a team also. We just have to keep playing the way we have been.”
As a team, No. 2 Pusch Ridge will host No. 7 Sahuarita Tuesday in the Division III quarterfinal round. The Lions beat Sahuarita 5-4 in region play on April 9. Pusch Ridge is working on three state titles in a row.
The Pusch Ridge doubles team of Colleen Harris and Emma Reilly came into the state playoffs ranked No. 4 and the duo came up with an upset over No. 2 Lacie Whitmer and Ashlyn McMaster, Thatcher (6-4, 6-4) to win the D-III title. The duo also defeated the top-ranked team in the state in the semifinal round.
No. 1 Ethan Lee beat No. 2 Luke Urlaub of Desert Vista 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 to win the D-I boys singles championship for Rincon/University. It was the first singles title for the Rangers since Adrian Lai won back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003.
This match between Div. I top seed Ethan Lee of Rincon/University and Desert Vista’s No. 2 seed Luke Urlaub has lasted almost 2 hours and 50 min! ⏰
The final score is 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.
Lee wins the state singled title! pic.twitter.com/xT5t7NUEIC— Dana Scott (@iam_DanaScott) April 30, 2019
The D-II singles title on the girl’s side featured two powerhouse athletes from Catalina Foothills as No. 1 Emily Flowers beat No. 3 Annabelle Mulick 6-1, 6-0. The win was the 12th doubles title for the school under Kristie Stevens. Stevens is moving into an administrative role in the Amphitheater District and this will be her last spring coaching the Falcons.
Steven collected 14 team titles, 12 doubles titles and 10 singles championships and she is going for another team title before she moves on.
MONDAY, APRIL 29
TENNIS: SINGLES FINALS (ASU)
D-I: No. 1 Ethan Lee, Rincon/UHS over No. 2 Luke Urlaub, Desert Vista (6-7, 6-3, 6-4)
D-II: No. 1 Emily Flowers, Catalina Foothills over No. 3 Annabelle Mulick, Catalina Foothills (6-1, 6-0)
D-III: No. 3 Ashton Kroeger, Phoenix Country Day over No. 1 Wilder Cooke, Gregory School (6-1, 6-2)
D-III: No. 1 Sofia Fetsis, Pusch Ridge over No. 2 Sangeet Bhalla, Chandler Prep (6-1, 7-6)
TENNIS: DOUBLES FINALS (ASU)
D-II: No. 1 Carrozza/Hildebrand, Cactus Shadows over No. 2 Mason Lee/Anton Nazaroff, Catalina Foothills (7-5, 6-3)
D-III: No. 4 Colleen Harris/Emma Reilly, Pusch Ridge over No. 2 Whitmer/McMaster, Thatcher (6-4, 6-4)
BASEBALL: 4A/5A SECOND ROUND
5A: No. 1 Nogales over No. 8 Verrado at Diablo, 10-1
4A: No. 2 Salpointe over No. 9 Saguaro, 14-9
4A: No. 5 Seton Catholic over No. 4 Canyon del Oro, 6-4
TUESDAY, APRIL 30
D-I & D-II BEACH VOLLEYBALL: SEMIFINALS
No. 4 Salpointe vs. No. 1 Mesquite at Casteel, 5 p.m.
D-I GIRLS TEAM TENNIS: QUARTERFINALS
No. 5 Rincon/UHS at No. 4 Hamilton, 3 p.m.
D-II GIRLS TEAM TENNIS: QUARTERFINALS
No. 7 Nogales at No. 2 Catalina Foothills, 3 p.m.
No. 5 Cactus Shadows at No. 4 Salpointe, 3 p.m.
D-III GIRLS TEAM TENNIS: QUARTERFINALS
No. 7 Sahuarita at No. 2 Pusch Ridge, 3 p.m.
No. 8 Sabino at No. 1 Thatcher, 3 p.m.
SOFTBALL: 4A-6A FIRST ROUND
6A: No. 12 Tucson at No. 5 Perry, 4 p.m.
5A: No. 14 Ironwood at No. 3 Ironwood Ridge, 4 p.m.
5A: No. 13 Gilbert at No. 4 Sunnyside, 4 p.m.
5A: No. 11 Casteel at No. 6 Empire, 4 p.m.
5A: No. 10 Cactus Shadows at No. 7 Mountain View, 4 p.m.
5A: No. 9 Willow Canyon at No. 8 Cienega, 4 p.m.
5A: No. 12 Marana at No. 5 Horizon, 4 p.m.
4A: No. 16 Combs at No. 1 Salpointe, 6 p.m.
4A: No. 11 Desert Edge at No. 6 Canyon del Oro, 4 p.m.
4A: No. 9 Gila Ridge at No. 8 Douglas, 4 p.m.
4A: No. 13 Sahuaro at No. 4 Mingus, 4 p.m.
BASEBALL: 2A-3A PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT
3A: No. 23 Catalina at No. 10 Winslow, 4 p.m.
2A: No. 20 San Manuel at No. 13 St. Augustine, 4 p.m.
2A: No. 18 Tombstone at No. 15 Tempe Prep, 4 p.m.
2A: No. 19 Willcox at No. 14 Scottsdale Prep, 4 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
D-II BOYS TEAM TENNIS: QUARTERFINALS
No. 8 Mesquite at No. 1 Catalina Foothills, 3 p.m.
No. 7 Nogales at No. 2 Notre Dame Prep, 3 p.m.
No. 13 Salpointe at No. 5 Paradise Valley, 3 p.m.
D-III BOYS TEAM TENNIS: QUARTERFINALS
No. 10 Sahuarita at No. 2 Gregory School, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Phoenix Country Day at No. 3 Pusch Ridge, 3 p.m.
TRACK & FIELD: DAY ONE
SOFTBALL: 2A PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT
No. 21 Alchesay at No. 12 Willcox, 4 p.m.
No. 24 Santa Cruz at No. 9 Arizona Lutheran, 4 p.m.
BASEBALL: 4A THIRD ROUND
No. 2 Salpointe vs. No. 6 Vista Grande, 6:30 p.m. at HoHoKam
No. 4 Canyon del Oro vs. No. 9 Estrella Foothills, 4 p.m. at Diablo (Elimination)
THURSDAY, MAY 2
BASEBALL: 5A THIRD ROUND
5A: No. 1 Nogales vs. No. 4 Desert Mountain, 6:30 p.m. at Diablo
FRIDAY, MAY 3
BASEBALL: D-I FIRST ROUND (GOODYEAR)
No. 11 St. David vs. No. 6 Baboquivari, 4 p.m.
SOFTBALL: 1A/3A QUARTERFINALS (Rose Mofford)
3A: No. 7 Sabino vs. No. 2 River Valley, 8 p.m.
3A: No. 9 Sahuarita vs. No. 1 Winslow, 8 p.m.
3A: No. 14 Pusch Ridge vs. No. 11 Yuma Catholic, 8 p.m.
1A: No. 2 St. David vs. No. 7 Mogollon, 6 p.m.
1A: No. 6 Valley Union vs. No. 3 Superior, 6 p.m.
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