Looking for their third straight city title, the Northland Prep Spartans reached a milestone they had yet to attain against the Flagstaff Eagles.
While the Division III Spartans came away with wins against its D-II rival in 2016 and 2017, they had yet to do so in a clean sweep. Saturday morning Northland Prep pulled off the feat at Thorpe Park, not dropping a set on the way to a 9-0 victory against Flagstaff.
Ranked No. 8 in D-III and on the bubble for a home playoff match, the Spartans cruised through doubles play to start off the victory.
Reilley Luedde and Joey Haertzen scored an 8-1 victory over Flagstaff’s Sam Jensen and Matt Morales at the No. 1 spot. No. 2 pairing Fred Gooding and Drew Parker came away with an 8-2 win against Flagstaff’s Kyle Adder and Spencer Jensen, as Adam Nicol and Markus Moezzi won by an identical score at No. 3 over Cutler Dunne and Spencer Johnson.
Northland Prep's Drew Parker crashes forward to finish off a point during his match against the Flagstaff Eagles Saturday morning at Thorpe Park.
The sides kept the same six on the court for singles play, with Northland Prep keeping Flagstaff to just 12 games won across the six matches.
Haertzen scored a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 5 for Northland Prep, while Parker (No. 3) and Ludde (No. 4) each held their opponents to a lone game at 6-0, 6-1.
Moezzi took the No. 6 match 6-1, 6-2, the same score Nicol finished with in his win at No. 2. Gooding and Sam Jensen finished with the closest match at 6-2, 6-2 for the Spartans’ No. 1 player.
Northland Prep (8-1) has four regular-season matches remaining in the next 10 days, three still to count toward the Section VI standings in D-III. All three come against teams Northland Prep previously beat this season, with Sedona, Kingman and Page falling by a combined score of 25-2 earlier this season. Of the three, only Sedona remains in contention for a state tournament berth.
The Spartans’ final non-region game will come against Bourgade Catholic, which also sits well outside the playoff picture.
Flagstaff's Kyle Adder reaches forward to return a ball during Saturday morning's match against Northland Prep at Thorpe Park.
Meanwhile, No. 45 Flagstaff (2-5) will wrap up its season in the next two weeks with six matches, including five in a six-day span. After hosting Bradshaw Mountain on Tuesday, the Eagles will play at Prescott, at Sierra Linda and home against Lee Williams on consecutive days.