What began as a blue sky full of possibilities on Saturday (April 27) ended up in a pile of rubble for Xavier Prep tennis.
had participants in the Division I state singles and doubles competition in the
quarterfinals and semifinals with the hopes of advancing to title matches on
Monday night (April 29) at Arizona State’s Whiteman Tennis Center.
Tristanne Dechoux, the No. 2 seed in singles, won her quarterfinal match
against Chandler Hamilton’s seventh-seeded Shivika Agrawal, 6-0, 6-2, but hours
later found herself on the wrong side of a 6-3, 6-7, 2-6 score in the
semifinals against Scottsdale Desert Mountain’s third-seeded Savanna Kollock.
There is a
good reason why Desert Mountain is the two-time defending state champion and
the top seed in the team tournament – with players like Kollock and top-seeded
teammate Josie Frazier, who will play for the singles title at ASU.
And the day
almost ended before it began for Xavier’s third-seeded doubles team of junior
Erica Stutz and freshman Ryan Kershner. They were battling Phoenix Pinnacle’s
Elizabeth Vijan and Ava Kester and trailing 5-4 in the first set of their
quarterfinal when Stutz developed a migraine headache and could not continue,
giving the match to Pinnacle.
unfortunate turn of events, indeed.
looked strong in her first semifinal set, then things began to unravel. Dechoux
was so upset about the loss in the second set that she had to take additional
time to compose herself before starting the third set in temperatures that hovered
in the mid-to-upper 90s. Kollock continued to apply the pressure and completed
Team tennis – Xavier’s second-seeded team will
host a quarterfinal match on Tuesday (April 30) against No. 7 Phoenix Horizon.
Start time is 3 p.m.
will advance to the semifinals on Friday (May 3) starting at noon at Scottsdale