4/20/2013 11:54:00 PM 4A DIV. 2 STATE TOURNAMENT Bradshaw tennis qualifies two doubles teams for quarters Miller-Waidelich, Harris-Bowman eyeing program's 1st tennis title
The Daily Courier
A couple of Bradshaw Mountain tennis doubles teams are wading deep into the state tournament.
The teams of Max Miller and William Waidelich and Delania Harris and Athena Bowman each won their Round 3 matches Saturday afternoon at the Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale to punch their respective tickets to this Friday's Div. 2 state quarterfinals.
Miller and Waidelich - ranked No. 8 in the state - took an unusual route.
Already the Bradshaw squad's No. 1 team, the pair had to face its own teammates, the Bears' No. 2 duo, Austin Powell and Kyle Jewell, in the state tournament's Round 3.
As expected, for players who know each other so well, the match was tight. Miller and Waidelich won the opener 6-1, but Powell and Jewell bounced back with a 6-3 win in the second game. With the third tied 4-4, Miller and Waidelich pulled out a competitive 6-4 set to advance.
The duo will play in this Friday's state quarterfinals round. And they'll have some more Bradshaw Mountain company.
On the girls' side, the doubles team of Harris and Bowman - ranked No. 5 in the state - used a resounding 6-2, 6-1 win on Saturday at Paseo to punch their ticket to this week's quarterfinals.
There, Harris and Bowman will face No. 4-ranked Janine and Jeunne Fernando of Sabino High School. That match starts at 5 p.m., and the winner will advance to Saturday's semifinal, also at Paseo.
The girls' doubles state championship is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Paseo.
Miller and Waidelich, meanwhile, face a stiff test in their quarterfinal match this Friday at 5 p.m. when they face No. 1-ranked Cody Petford and Ryan Knox of Ironwood Ridge.
That winner advances to Saturday's semifinal, and the duo that survives will compete for a boys' doubles state title later that day at 2:30 p.m. at Paseo.
Both Bradshaw Mountain doubles pairs are seeking the first state championship at any tennis level (singles, doubles, team) in school history.
Elsewhere at state on Saturday, a Notre Dame Prep pair eliminated the Prescott doubles duo of Jack Bradley and Nick Marroquin in their Round 3 match, 6-2, 6-2.
While the doubles rounds are well under way, the state team tournament opens this week.
The Bradshaw Mountain boys, the bracket's 4-seed, host 13-seed Canyon del Oro in the team tournament opener this Tuesday in Prescott Valley at 3 p.m. The winner advances to the April 30 quarterfinals.
The Prescott girls, the 7-seed, host 10-seed Verrado on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the first round. That winner next plays in the April 30 quarterfinals.
And the Bradshaw Mountain girls' team, the bracket's 11-seed, travels to meet 6-seed Arcadia on Wednesday. If the Bears win, they also would play in the April 30 quarterfinals at the site of the higher seed.
If the Prescott and Bradshaw girls' teams win their first two respective rounds, the local programs would meet in the Div. 2 state semifinals on May 3 at Paseo.
Yavapai County last had a state tennis championship in 2009, when the duo of Alex Lineberry and Paul Paradise of Mingus Union High School brought a state doubles title to Cottonwood. The Prescott boys came close to a 4A Div. 1 team title when the Badgers finished runner-up at state to Catalina Foothills in 2010.
The Badgers captured a doubles state championship in 1999 when Corey Bennett and Sterling Fetty won a 4A title for Prescott. Fetty is the current boys' tennis head coach at PHS, and piloted the 2010 team to that runner-up finish.