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High school girls tennis: Green Canyon secures 4A state title a day early in dominant display during Day 1 of state tourney

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Green Canyon went a perfect 10-0 during Friday’s opening day of the 4A state tournament at Liberty Park, and in the process already clinched the 4A team title regardless of what happens in the five championship matches Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

The Wolves finished third at state last year, but a year later left little doubt about who the most dominant program in the state is this year.

Green Canyon collected 15 team points with its 10 wins on Friday, with Crimson Cliffs in second place with eight points and Desert Hills in third with seven. Neither team has enough participants in Saturday’s championship matches to overtake the Wolves.

Two of Green Canyon’s singles players and both doubles teams won their quarterfinal and semifinal matches in straight sets, but one needed a third set to march into the final in what proved to be one of the best matches of the day.

Green Canyon sophomore Emma Murri edged Crimson Cliffs sophomore Mandy Beckstrand 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to advance to the third singles final.

At first singles Green Canyon freshman Bailey Huebner advanced to the first singles championship match with a pair of straight-set wins. She’ll face region foe Erika Olsen of Bear River in Saturday’s final.

At second singles, Green Canyon’s Halle Kendrick advanced to the finals and will face Crimson Cliffs’ Cami Stanger.

At first doubles, Green Canyon’s team of Alice Wilkinson and Olivia Phillips will face Crimson Cliffs’ team of Gabby Hafen and London Wunderli in the championship.

At second doubles, Whitney Matheson and Bailey Speakman of Green Canyon will face Desert Hills’ team of Taylee Anderson and Tessa Fielding.


4A girls state tennis tournament

At Liberty Park, Salt Lake City

Friday’s results

Team scores

  1. Green Canyon, 15
  2. Crimson Cliffs, 8
  3. Desert Hills, 7
  4. Bear River, 3
  5. Ridgeline, 3

First singles

Quarterfinals

  • Kylie Kezos, Dixie def. Ellie Carlston, Ridgeline, 6-1, 6-1
  • Erika Olsen, Bear River def. Averee Beck, Crimson Cliffs, 6-1, 6-0
  • Bailey Huebner, Green Canyon def. Ava Blake, Pine View, 6-1, 6-1
  • Malika Maxwell, Desert Hills def. Angela Zhan, Logan, 6-2, 6-2

Semifinals

Olsen, Bear River def. Kezos, Dixie, 6-2, 7-5

Huebner, Green Canyon def. Maxwell, Desert Hills, 6-2, 6-0


Second singles

Quarterfinals

  • Cami Stanger, Crimson Cliffs def. Katiejo Litchfoeld, Bear River, 6-1, 6-1
  • Kennedy Jenkins, Logan def. Isis Frieberg, Hurricane, 6-2, 6-0
  • Halle Kendrick, Green Canyon def. Anna Steele, Snow Canyon, 6-0, 6-0
  • Emma Hansen, Ridgeline def. Kasia Wittwer, Desert Hills, 6-3, 6-4

Semifinals

Stanger, Crimson Cliffs def. Jenkins, Logan, 6-3, 6-1

Kendrick, Green Canyon def. Hansen, Ridgeline, 6-2, 6-0


Third singles

Quarterfinals

  • Brianna Hartman, Desert Hills def. Romy Neiderhauser, Sky View, 6-1, 6-2
  • Kaitlyn Horsburgh, Ridgeline def. McKenna Chandler, Snow Canyon, 6-4, 6-2
  • Emma Murri, Green Canyon def. Meg Fraser, Dixie, 6-0, 6-0
  • Mandy Beckstrand, Crimson Cliffs def. Libby Parker, Logan, 6-2, 6-4

Semifinals

Hartman, Desert Hills def. Horsburgh, Ridgeline, 6-1, 6-1

Murri, Green Canyon def. Beckstrand, Crimson Cliffs, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4


First doubles

Quarterfinals

  • Gabby Hafen/London Wunderli, Crimson Cliffs def. Alicia Smith/Luz Perez, Ridgeline, 6-0, 6-2
  • Allie Payne/Kennadee Wallace, Sky View def. Taya Torres/Josie Humes, Cedar City, 6-1, 6-0
  • Alice Wilkinson/Olivia Phillips, Green Canyon def. Camille Van Gills/Claire Renouf, Snow Canyon, 6-1, 6-1
  • Brooklyn Price/Megan Lewis, Desert Hills def. Kate Hardy/Emma Child, Mountain Crest, 6-1, 6-1

Semifinals

Hafen/Wunderli, Crimson Cliffs def. Payne/Wallace, Sky View, 6-1, 6-2

Wilkinson/Phillips, Green Canyon def. Hardy/Child, Mountain Crest, 6-1, 6-0


Second doubles

Quarterfinals

  • Taylee Anderson/Tessa Fielding, Desert Hills def. Staeli Ellis/Lizzy Spach, Logan, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
  • Katelyn Simon/Kiersten Daines, Ridgeline def. Katelyn Jennings/Izabella Fawson, Dixie, 6-4, 7-5
  • Maren McKenna/Ava Checketts, Green Canyon def. Grace Slater and Gracie Salley, Pine View, 6-0, 6-0
  • Whitney Matheson/Bailey Speakman, Crimson Cliffs def. Rachel Epling/Madison Mickelson, Bear River, 6-3, 6-1

Semifinals

Anderson/Fielding, Desert Hills def. Simon/Daines, Ridgeline, 6-3, 6-2

McKenna/Checketts, Green Canyon def. Simon/Daines, Ridgeline, 6-0, 6-4