Asked her reaction after she helped Xavier Prep earn its first tennis title since 2015 and 19th overall with a 5-0 win over Chandler Hamilton in the Division I finals on Saturday (May 4), junior Erica Stutz said, “It’s been kind of a crazy weekend.’’
craziness in sports is the topic of conversation, tennis usually is far down
the list. It is pretty calm by comparison.
But this was
a rare occasion, at least in the state tournament.
defending state champion Scottsdale Desert Mountain, the top seed, was forced
to forfeit by the Arizona Interscholastic Association after its semifinal win
over Hamilton on Friday (May 3) due to a rules infraction in regard to its
That put No.
4 Hamilton in the title match against No. 2 Xavier, and the Gators coasted at
the Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale as they did against the Huskies, 9-0, on
finished the season 17-0.
got victories from players 2 through 6 in their lineup. They were, in order,
Stutz, freshman Ryan Kershner, junior Lorelei Glidden, senior Kate Stegman and
sophomore Emilia Chrostowski. No. 1 player Tristanne Dechoux was still playing
her match when the title was decided. No doubles matches were necessary.
(coaches) are really proud of the girls,’’ said Xavier coach Laurie Martin.
“They were extremely close the whole season. They fought for each other, and
you don’t always see that in tennis.’’
Martin was assisted by Ann Coover, Amy Gallo, Wendy McDaniel, Ford Oliver and Joy Rodey.
If it were
not for a victory rally against Scottsdale Chaparral 5-4 in the semifinals, the
Gators would not have been here. They were down 0-3 before coming back.
was one of the best matches I’ve ever been a part of,’’ Martin said.
Kershner came in as a freshman, she wasn’t really sure what to expect. She knew
of Xavier’s outstanding history, but she couldn’t really comprehend what being
a part of it would be like.
happy to help us win in my freshman year. Not everyone is able to do that, to
have that chance,’’ she said.
have three more chances to put her fingerprints on a championship trophy. More
good, young players also will join the program and the cycle of excellence will
Division I championship
5, Hamilton 0
No. 1 –
Tristanne Dechoux, X, did not finish against Shivika Agrawal, H. No. 2 – Erica
Stutz, X, def. Nidhi Pulicherla, H, 6-0, 6-0. No. 3 – Ryan Kershner, X, def.
Hannah Szoke, H, 6-0, 6-0. No. 4 – Lorelei Glidden, X, def. Sophia Reltano, H,
6-1, 6-3. No. 5 – Kate Stegman, X, def. Katie Dussault, H, 6-1, 6-0. No. 6 – Emilia
Chrostowski, X, def. Nisha Kalmadi, H, 6-3, 6-1.