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Muir wins 4A tennis marathon

Who could blame Sky View's Wendy Watkins and Timpview's Becky Muir for forgetting the score during their marathon match Saturday afternoon at the 4A state tennis tournament?

The two dueled for nearly four hours on the BYU tennis courts for the right to advance to the 4A semi-finals on Monday.After Muir won the first set 6-2, Watkins battled back to win the second set in a tiebreaker 7-6.

Muir then rallied from a 5-3 deficit to finally polish off Watkins 7-5 in the third set.

Muir's win has Timpview in great shape to win its second consecutive 4A tennis title.

"I feel good, but I'm still real cautious," said Timpview coach Nate Warner. "Our goal coming in today was to win 10 matches. Now the key will be which school puts more teams into the finals."

After the first two rounds, the T-Birds are up by just two points, over Highland and East, but Timpview has five entrants in the semifinals, more than any other school. East has four, while Judge and Highland both have three.

"We're really close. We just have to get a few teams to win on Monday. We're confident we're going to win," said Emily Watkins, Timpview's No. 2 singles.

Watkins could be one of the keys for Timpview. She's matched up against Alison Hansen of East in the semifinals.

The semifinals and finals will resume Monday afternoon at BYU.