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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 4:00 am

The Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks girls’ tennis team added to an already successful season by defeating the Mountain View Mountain Lions 9-0 on April 11. The win came without Ironwood’s number one ranked Sara Brown, who will return before the Nighthawks look for redemption against Catalina Foothills on April 19.  Foothills is the only team to beat the Nighthawks so far this season.

“We weren’t happy about how that game went,” said Ironwood head coach Bill Little. “We’re hoping for a different outcome next time, and we will be playing on our home court.”

In singles play against the Mountain Lions, the Nighthawks won all six of their matches by a wide margin. Mountain View head coach Danielle Schroeder said her Mountain View team is a no-cut team, meaning everyone who tries out is allowed to compete.

“We’re really focusing on growth,” she said. “We like to see athletes who started playing as freshman continue to play until they are seniors, and hopefully make tennis a lifelong sport for them.”

Winning their singles matches for the Nighthawks were Marissa Baca over Katelyn Loomis 6-0, 6-0; Katrina Domingo over Kamryn Stichter 6-1, 6-0; Kelsey Brown over Sami Werts 6-0, 6-0; Alex Prassas over Stacie Tomlin-Brown 6-0, 6-0, Stephanie Nickles over McKenzie Dryden, 6-1, 6-1; and Madeleine Stoll over Maddie Hricik 6-0, 6-0.

In doubles play, the Nighthawks kept the Mountain Lions scoreless, with Baca/Domingo defeating Loomis/Stichter 8-0; Prassas/Erica Harris defeating Katie Christopher/Casey Morinelli 8-0; and Amanda Betten/Danielle Beer defeating Vanessa Estrada/Ashleigh Sill 8-0.

Little said in his eleven years of coaching, this year makes for one of, if not the most talented and determined team he has seen come through Ironwood’s tennis program.

“We’ve always had winning teams,” he said. “But I’ve never seen one as competitive as this.”

Little said he believes next year, as the team matures in age and ability, the team will be even better.

Currently, Sara Brown, Baca, Domingo, and Kelsey Brown are four of the top ranked tennis players in Southern Arizona.

Baca and Domingo, who took runner-up in state doubles play last year, are looking to return this year stronger than ever and take down the title.

The duo, who have been playing since six years old and nine years old respectively, have devised a new, confidential strategy which they would not disclose.

“Coming soon to a match near you,” joked Baca.

On a more serious note, they did mention a few adjustments to be made in their path to state.

“We are looking to pick up the intensity on the court,” said Domingo. “We want that title this year.”

“We’re also looking to have more fun out there,” said Baca. “Last year we were a bit too serious and it hurt us.”

Sara Brown will be looking for a state title for the Nighthawks in singles play.

With the win, the Nighthawks advance to 9-1 on the season.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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