The Coconino Panthers girls tennis team ran into a tough Nogales Apaches squad on Tuesday down at the southern part of the state, losing the opening round of the Division II state championship tournament, 5-1, to the host.
Emma Walker, a sophomore, had the only victory for the 10th-seeded Panthers, who ended their 2019 season with an overall record of 11-5. She won, 7-6, 6-2, over Diana Garcia at the No. 1 spot.
No. 7-seeded Nogales took courts two through five with straight-set victories to increase its win streak to 10 matches.
Coconino's No. 2 in singles, Olivia Larson lost 6-3, 6-3 to Samantta Garcia.
Larson and Walker's seasons are not over, however, as the two will be in the doubles state tourney as the fifth seed and will start their next journey on Friday at the Paseo Racquet Center at 1:30 p.m. The Panthers pairing received a first-round bye to their doubles postseason.
Nogales moves on to face No. 2-seeded Catalina Foothills on April 30.
At No. 3 for Coconino on Tuesday, Connor Garrod dropped her match, 6-1, 6-1, to Zarina Gonzalez, and at No. 4 for the Panthers, Taylor Rhoton fell 6-4, 7-5 to Nicolette Fajardo. Coconino's No. 5 Angel Begay was outpaced, 6-1, 6-2, by Carolina Durazo.
Hannah Goodman opened at court six for the Panthers with a 6-4 loss but responded 6-4 in the second. Yanula Rodriguez, however, was too much in the tiebreaker with a 6-4 answer.