The Catalina Foothills boys and girls tennis teams both capped undefeated seasons with Division II state championships.
The girls won in dramatic fashion, edging No. 1 ranked Notre Dame prep 5-4. The contest came down to the final doubles match, as Noelle Karp and Kirtana Bhat came from behind to down Natalia and Alexia Lombard 11-10. The Notre Dame duo had five chances to win the match, but each time the Falcon team fought them off.
Bhat and Karp did their part in singles play as well. The Falcons top-two each beat one of the Lombardi sisters by identical 6-1, 6-2 scores.
Foothills’ No. 3 player. Katie Watson also won her match, but the Notre Dames 4-6 singles players all earned wins and the match was tied at three heading into doubles play.
The Falcons team of Angelica Anderson and Carolina Leidy each lost a singles match, but together they beat the team of Lexi Lehman and Alexa Cooke 10-4. Notre Dame’s team of Caitlin Railson and Sarah Eversman, the state doubles runners up, won their match forcing the final match between the Lombardi’s and Bhat/Karp.
It was Foothills’ 13th title in the past 15 years.
The Falcon boys beat Salpointe 5-3 for their state title. Foothills won four of their six singles matches, meaning they only needed to win a single doubles match to win the title.
The team of Nate Rasmussen and Quinn Gardner won their doubles match 10-4 to lead the Falcons.
Rasmussen was challenged in his singles match, but after dropping the first set to Jack Amos 7-6, he rallied to win the next two sets 6-3, 6-1. Gardner, John Miller and Dalton Resig all won their singles matches in straight sets.