Greer – Bierman duo competes for state title Monday at ASU

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Morenci senior Andrew Vigil went 1-1 with Tanner Hudman during the state doubles meet.

Thatcher boys host Chandler Prep for quarterfinals Wednesday

By Raymundo Frasquillo

TEMPE – Thatcher sophomore Michael Greer and junior Tyler Bierman will be competing for the Division III state doubles championship in Arizona State University’s Whitman Tennis Center on Monday, April 29, beginning at 5 p.m. The No. 4-ranked Scottsdale Christian duo of freshman Ntal Richardson and senior Josue Cortez will be their opponent.

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Michael Greer returns the ball during a recent home match. Greer and Tyler Bierman are in the state doubles final at ASU on Monday, April 29. The No. 4 Eagles host No. 5 Chandler Prep in the team quarterfinals Wednesday, May 1.

The second-seeded Greer – Bierman duo (3-0) drew a first-round bye, eliminated Scottsdale Prep seniors Avinash Vikram – Aidan Bossone (6-3, 6-2) in the second round April 26, No. 7 Tucson The Gregory School sophomore Drew Messing – junior Stryder Rodenberg (6-2 twice) in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Tucson Pusch Ridge Christian senior Fred Gooding – junior Drew Parker (6-2, 6-4) in the semifinals April 27 at Glendale’s Paseo Racquet Center.

Richardson – Cortez (3-0) reached the finale by ousting Chandler Arizona College Prep senior Kamal Shak – junior Hunter Tran (6-1 twice) during the second round, Sahuarita juniors Tys Buckway – Jose Guevara (6-0 twice) during the quarterfinals, and No. 1 Phoenix Country Day School sophomore Eric Emami – senior Bobby Wendt (6-3, 6-1) during the semifinals.

Thatcher juniors Aaron Hatch – Brandon Udall (1-1) defeated Desert Christian junior Ryan Copley – sophomore Jesse Buell (6-0, 7-6) in the first round before falling 6-2 and 6-1 to Emami – Wendt in the second round.

Morenci seniors Tanner Hudman – Andrew Vigil also went 1-1, downing Sahuarita freshman Ian Kutz – Kaden Boyter (6-0, 6-4) in the first round before succumbing 6-2 twice to Scottsdale Rancho Solano Prep seniors Matisse De Roo – Dhrav Khosla in the second round.

Benson junior Joseph Lutz – senior Tristan Barker (1-1) advanced through the first round by default of Miami junior Alex Angeles – sophomore Chris Shadle and fell 6-3 and 6-2 to Messing – Rodenberg in the second round.

Singles Tourney

In singles, the championship match pits No. 1 Tucson The Gregory School junior Wilder Cooke with No. 3 Phoenix Country Day School freshman Ashton Kroeger, at ASU on April 29 with a 5 p.m. start.

Cooke (3-0) defeated Phoenix Veritas Prep sophomore Peter Schillinger (6-1, 7-5) in the second round, Thatcher junior Grant Richardson (6-0, 6-1) in the quarterfinals, and No. 5 Scottsdale Prep senior Adway Gopakumar (6-7, 4-0, retired) in the semifinals.

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Morenci senior Tanner Hudman delivers a serve during a recent home match. Hudman and Andrew Vigil represented the Wildcats in the state doubles meet, eliminating a Sahuarita entrant in two sets during the first round before succumbing in two sets to the No. 6 Scottsdale Rancho Solano Prep entrant during the second round.

Kroeger (3-0) made it to the championship match with wins of 6-0 and 6-1 over Phoenix Valley Lutheran senior Cameron Power, 6-2 and 6-1 over Scottsdale Coronado junior Cameron Meinhart in the quarterfinals, and 6-3 and 6-0 over No. 2 Benson sophomore Jordan Merrill in the semifinals.

Richardson (2-1) defeated Miami junior Mario Peirce (6-0, 6-1) in the first round and Flagstaff Basis School junior Winston Zeng (6-0, 6-1) in the second round before falling to Cooke.

Morenci senior Seth Rodgers succumbed 6-0 twice to Gilbert Classical senior Kaleb Tompkins in the first round.

Merrill ousted Sedona Red Rock senior Kai Zimmerman (6-1 twice) in the second round, advanced through the quarterfinals by default of Tucson Tanque Verde sophomore Luke Laurie, and fell to Kroeger in the semifinals.

Ten of 24 entrants in both singles and doubles were from public schools.

Team Tourney

The No. 4 Thatcher boys’ tennis team (16.8362 rating) welcomes No. 5 Chandler Prep (12.9175) for the Division III state quarterfinals Wednesday, May 1. The Eagles ousted No. 13 Chandler Arizona College Prep 5-0 in Thatcher while the Titans edged No. 12 Benson 5-4 in Chandler during the first round April 24.

Other quarterfinal pairings include No. 8 Gilbert Classical at top-ranked Scottsdale Prep, No. 6 Phoenix Country Day at No. 3 Tucson Pusch Ridge Christian, and No. 10 Sahuarita at No. 2 Tucson The Gregory School.

Glendale’s Paseo racquet Center is the site of the semifinals (May 3) and final (May 4).

Results of the other first-round pairings were Scottsdale Prep eliminated No. 16 Morenci 5-1, and it was Gilbert Classical over No. 9 Flagstaff Northland Prep, Pusch Ridge over No. 14 Tombstone, Phoenix Country Day over No. 11 Scottsdale Christian, Sahuarita over No. 7 Tucson Desert Christian, and The Gregory School over No. 15 Anthem Prep by identical 5-0 scores.