Jeff Knight couldn't help using a space theme when describing Mingus Union's latest girls tennis triumph.
How could the coach avoid it when the opponent was named Apollo, and the victory was his team's 13th of the season? Get it — Apollo 13?
Houston, we have no problem with the Lady Marauders tennis program.
The Mingus girls improved to 13-0 overall and 11-0 in the Skyline Region with the 8-1 win. Top singles player Angela Mier also accomplished her main mission – defeating the last opponent to stand in her way of a number one seed in the region tournament.
One of the Marauders' finest hours indeed.
Mier had lost to Apollo's Sara Morely in the first meeting at Mingus on March 6. But this time, the determined junior turned the tables. She jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first set and held off Morely for a 6-4 win.
In the second set, Morely played Mier tough but finally crash-landed, losing 6-2.
"It was a big win for Angela," Knight said. "Sara plays a completely defensive game and is also a left-handed player – a definite advantage in tennis. Angela had to change, modify and adjust her personal game in order to win. Not an easy task for someone who wants to blast away from the baseline."
Sara Riley scored a 6-1, 6-1 knock out in the third-flight singles. Jill Ferreira scored her first "double bagel" of the season, beating her Apollo foe 6-0, 6-0. Tasha Gillies rolled 6-1, 6-0, and Amber Gillies cruised 6-1, 6-2.
Julie Knight nearly gave the Marauders a clean sweep in singles. She blitzed her opponent 6-0 in the first set, but Apollo rallied to win the second set and the decisive tiebreaker.
Mingus did sweep the Chiefs in doubles. Riley-Ferreira, Tasha Gillies-Amber Gillies and Mier-Knight each recorded an 8-1 victory.
The Lady Marauders concluded the regular season Thursday and will now concentrate on their next assignments. The region tournament will be played April 17-18 at the Paseo Racquet Club, and the state championships will take place at the Phoenix Tennis Center on April 27-28.