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Juan Diego takes early state lead

PROVO — With one day down in the girls 3A tennis state championships, Juan Diego controls its own destiny — but not by much.

While the Soaring Eagle is the only team with both doubles and all three singles still in the tournament, two-time state champion Romina Nedakovic will need to fight through a close first singles quarterfinal match with Judge Memorial's Mikelle Mancini. Mancini led 2-1 in the third set when play was suspended for rain late Friday afternoon.

"The tournament brings out the best in everyone," said Juan Diego coach Arthur Miyazaki. "You have to respect everyone that walks out on the court or it can come back to bite you."

With one first singles, one first doubles and three second doubles' quarterfinals left, Park City is tied with the Juan Diego for first at eight points each. Logan and Ogden, the two other teams in striking distance, are tied for third with seven points.

"I was hoping our first doubles would through, but they played a really tough Logan team," Park City coach Lori McMahon said. "We're rolling along. Ogden has a really tough second doubles team, and Kylie's got a tough match ahead of her tomorrow."

Kylie Peek advanced to the second singles semis in straight sets over Bear River's Hayle Pali and Ben Lomond's Becky Nielsen. She'll have to get by Avenlea Harris from Logan to advance to the final. Barring an upset, Peek would have to find a way to beat two-time state champion Paige Miles of Juan Diego to give her a team a chance at a state title.

In third singles, Miner Tessa Wray appears to be the early favorite. She advanced from the quarterfinals in straight sets over Allison Sego of North Sanpete.

Two victories Saturday would go a long way in overtaking Juan Diego for Park City's first championship in over a decade.

Check-in for rain-delayed matches will be at 8 a.m. today and may be held indoors if weather conditions do not improve.