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Northland Preparatory Flagstaff High Tennis

Northland Prep Academy’s Kate Bailey prepares to strike the ball Saturday afternoon during a match against Flagstaff High at Thorpe Park.

Ben Shanahan, Arizona Daily Sun

After a nearly four-hour day Saturday afternoon, the Northland Prep Academy girls tennis team defeated Flagstaff High School at Thorpe Park, 8-1.

The Spartans (9-1) clinched their first city title since the 2016 season, with a pair of wins against Basis Flagstaff and a victory over Coconino coming earlier this season.

Northland Prep started the day by quickly taking two of the three doubles matches, led off by the top pair Kate Bailey and Brianna Biddle beating Flagstaff's Pearl Garner and Rachel Lovett 8-2.

The lone win of the day for Flagstaff (2-7) came from No. 3 doubles pair Rosie Acevedo and Dani Tirado. Rachel Martin and Hannah Robino sent the Spartans into singles play with the lead, winning 8-4 at the No. 2 match.

Biddle doubled up her win total for the days in singles, defeating Garner 6-0, 6-1.

Playing on court two, Bailey’s match against a city rival went much quicker than the marathon against Olivia Larson from Coconino on March 29. Bailey's was the second singles match to finish as she won 6-1, 6-1 over Morgan Cloverdale. In the No. 3 spot for the Spartans, Martin beat Tirado 6-4, 6-2.

Hannah Robino, playing in the No. 4 spot, battled Lovett for over two hours until Robino was able to etch out a win for the Spartans, 6-1, 5-7, 10-7. Northland Prep's No. 6 spot was held by Holly Clark, who blanked Autumn Jackson 6-0, 6-0.

In the No. 5 spot, in the longest match of the afternoon, Lin Taylor was able to outlast Savannah Bell, 6-4, 5-7, 10-7. During the second set, the two exchanged 11 deuces. As neither wanted to give up even a shred of opportunity, the two battled to an exciting 10-7 tiebreaker.

The Spartans (9-1), ranked No. 10 in Division III, only have two more matches left in the regular season before the state playoffs. Flagstaff (2-7), ranked No. 48 in D-II, will play five matches in eight days to end the season.


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