Prescott Badgers team to beat<br>Warm-up tournament distributes bragging rights

The Prescott High School tennis tournament, the Badger Invitational, was attended by the Mingus girls tennis team over the weekend. The Marauders placed second out of four teams.

The tourney gives bragging rights to those who are successful early on. Those rights went to the state-bound Prescott girls tennis team.

“Although we were missing a key varsity player in Jill Ferreira, it would not have been enough to catch the powerful Badgers,” said Mingus coach Jeff Knight. “It was a good tournament for the girls.”

The long day began at 9 a.m. and continued until 5:30 p.m. Knight was looking for his team to gather as much experience as possible.

“Playing that much tennis in one day will help the girls in the regular season,” said Knight. “One player played over 60 games.”

Behind Prescott, the Marauders dominated Page and Bradshaw Mountain, winning 15 of 18 matches.

Sophomore Angela Mier, the Marauders No. 1-singles player, was 1-2. Mier’s first match was a slow start from which she was unable to rebound.

“Although Angela steadily improved, she lost to an older more experienced player,” said Knight. “Angela is doing well and continues to improve.”

In doubles competition, No. 2 players Mier and teammate Tasha Gillies won their match over Page and Bradshaw Mountain.

The No. 1 doubles pair of Sara Riley and Julie Knight played sound ball, winning their first match together. The duo lost, however, to Prescott’s top doubles team.

“They (Prescott) are a well-tuned team,” said Badger.

Riley and Knight rebounded later, defeating Page 8-2 and Bradshaw Mountain, 6-1. Riley also won her singles match.

“Tasha Gillies and Amber Gillies played well in all wins and no losses against Page and Bradshaw Mountain in both singles and doubles,” said Knight. “They are showing great improvement and give Mingus a solid varsity squad.”

Brandy Young filled in for an absent Ferreira and was victorious in all of her matches except against Prescott.

“She is showing great improvement and adds impressive depth to the Mingus program,” said Knight.

Knight is looking for the Badger Invitational to become an annual event.

“With a young squad, Mingus has a worthy challenge to try and win the tournament over the next two years,” said Knight.

Mingus has a tough week ahead, beginning the regular season with matches against Cactus Shadows and Thunderbird. Both matches begin at 3:30 p.m. The T-bird game will be Mingus’ home opener.

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