Mother Nature and spring sports haven't gotten along much this year in Flagstaff.

First there were issues at the start of spring and now, with the regular seasons all coming down the stretch, more issues have struck.

No. 2 Basis Flagstaff and No. 11 Page were nearly complete with a Division III, Section Six girls tennis match at Forest Highlands Golf Club, with the Sand Devils holding a 4-3 lead looking to upset the undefeated Yet and crack the top 10 of the power rankings.

The weather was cold and gloomy for most of the afternoon since the start of the match at 11 a.m. After it seemed like the weather took a turn for the better, it started snowing and hailing hard enough to leave the courts too wet to play on -- nearly four hours after the start of the match.

The head coaches from both programs agreed it would be best to end the match. But it is unclear how it will be made up -- if at all -- or if it will just be yet another cancellation on the teams' schedules.

Page had just lost to Basis 5-4 on Tuesday, making the missed chance at revenge even tougher to handle. The Sand Devils entered the day with an 8-2 overall record and sat at 6-2 in the section standings.

"I know that my girls dug in and did really good, especially since it was a rematch from Tuesday," Sand Devils head coach Kori Fitch said. "So we just have had a really rough time this season with weather. We were about ready to win, but it just happens."

The cancellation also hurts Basis, which has only played six times this season. Basis has also only played section matches, and hold the top spot with the 6-0 record.

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Page nabbed an upset win in the top singles flight when Kelsey Smith handed Aeliana Ricci her first singles loss of the season in three sets. Smith jumped out ahead 3-0 in the first set, but Ricci cut it to 4-3. Smith finished off the set with two straight games to take it, 6-3. Ricci dominated the second set, blanking Smith 6-0 and winning the set off a well-placed lob shot to the back of the court.

Ricci again had to claw back in the third set after falling behind 8-4, eventually knotting up the the tiebreaker set at 9-all. After Smith got the 10th point of the set, she beat out Ricci on a play at the net to win 11-9.

Page took two of three doubles points behind wins from the No. 2 pairing of Nicole Manygoats and Joby Nockideneh, 8-5, and No. 3 pairing of Elena Mathson and Chloe Olander, 8-6. Basis took the No. 1 doubles match, as Ricci and Samantha Crone beat Smith and Parris Adams 8-4.

Crone got the Yeti a win at the No. 2 singles spot, 6-2, 6-2, over Adams. Not long after, Lili Derby-Lawson won in the No. 3 flight, 6-3, 6-2, over Nockideneh.

Page won its fourth match of the day in the No. 4 singles spot as  Manygoats beat Clara Grams, 6-2, 3-6, 12-10.

The fifth and sixth flights were unable to finish. When the match was called off, Page won the first set of the fifth flight while Basis won the first in the sixth.

Basis hosts Kingman on Saturday.

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Lance Hartzler can be reached at 556-2251 or at lhartzler@azdailysun.com. Follow him on Twitter @lance_hartz.


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