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Prescott’s state tourney run ends in semifinals against Catalina Foothills
Prep Tennis

Prescott’s Sierra McDonald hits a return shot April 23 in Prescott. McDonald was one of five Badgers’ players to lose in singles play to No. 2-ranked Catalina Foothills in a 5-0 loss in the Division II state team semifinals Friday, May 3, 2019, in Phoenix. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

Prescott’s Sierra McDonald hits a return shot April 23 in Prescott. McDonald was one of five Badgers’ players to lose in singles play to No. 2-ranked Catalina Foothills in a 5-0 loss in the Division II state team semifinals Friday, May 3, 2019, in Phoenix. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

Catalina Foothills to face No. 1 Notre Dame for title Saturday

GLENDALE — The third-seeded Prescott girls tennis team’s run at the Division II state tournament ended in the semifinal round at Paseo Racquet Center on Friday, May 3, as No. 2 Catalina Foothills of Tucson blanked the Badgers, 5-0, to advance to Saturday’s championship match.

Prescott had won 11 straight team matches before Friday and finished the 2019 season with a 15-2 record. Catalina Foothills, which has won 10 consecutive team matches, improved to 15-1.

“They have a very good team,” veteran Prescott coach Sterling Fetty said of the Falcons, who haven’t lost a singles match in the postseason thus far, compiling a 16-0 record. “Our girls played great, and they tried the hardest they could. It was a great season.”

On Friday, Prescott’s Nos. 1 through 5 singles players, including freshman Ava Andrews and juniors Sierra McDonald, Heidi Madsen, Abby Stoecker and Geneva Raber, respectively, lost before No. 6 singles player Riley Smith could complete her match. Smith had been winning, Fetty said, but her result wouldn’t have counted.

The doubles round wasn’t played because of Catalina Foothills’ singles sweep.

To reach the semis, Prescott defeated Ironwood Ridge, 5-0, in the first round April 23, and beat Thunderbird, 5-3, April 30. Both matches were played at the Badgers’ campus courts.

UP NEXT

Catalina Foothills battles top-seeded Notre Dame Prep for the state championship at 2 p.m. today, May 4, at Paseo Racquet Center, 6268 Thunderbird Road, in Glendale.

Notre Dame Prep carries a 17-0 record into the title match, outscoring its opposition at state, 16-2. The Badgers gave Notre Dame Prep its best match of the season, a 6-3 final in section play March 19 in Prescott.

Fetty said he predicts that Catalina Foothills will beat Notre Dame Prep in today’s final.

Doug Cook is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at dcook@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.

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