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Posted: Tuesday, September 5, 2006 12:14 pm | Updated: 4:45 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

TEAMS TO WATCH

Mountain Pointe: The Pride return four experienced players from last year’s 5A title-winning squad. Chaparral: The Firebirds were hit hard by graduation, but this perennial 4A power is always in the mix for the state title. Horizon: State finalists from a season ago, the Huskies return three prominent players from last year’s team. Xavier: The Gators were knocked out by Mountain Pointe in the semifinals last year and are looking for revenge.

DID YOU KNOW?

- Power Pointe: Mountain Pointe has won four of the last seven state team titles in 5A. Cruisin’: Chaparral lost just one state tournament match on its way to a third straight state title last season. Two-sport star: Mountain Pointe’s Alexandra Elston, one of the early-season favorites to win the 5A singles title, will be playing soccer for Arizona State next season.

TOP PLAYERS

Alexandra Elston: The Mountain Pointe senior finished one point away from the state championship match last year, and her third-place finish is tops among returning players.

Carissa Ault: Teamed with senior Courtney Bruns to finish third in doubles last year for Desert Vista. Can she match that success with a new partner?

Torrie Frazier: After teaming with Bri Chapin to take home the doubles title last season, Frazier is back for her senior season at Horizon.

Vianett Mena: The Xavier junior finished in a tie for fifth place at last year’s state tournament.

OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH

- Rudi Okeefe-Zelman, Sr., Mountain Pointe; Ashley Dreas, Sr., Mountain Pointe; Emily Bowker, Sr., Mesquite; Lex Rakowski, Sr., Mesquite; Jen Lehrman, Sr., Horizon; Whitney Fongernie, Sr., Xavier; Colleen Mohn, Sr., Xavier; Zoe Cavnar-Lewandowski, Sr., Xavier.

KEY DATES

Sept. 16 - North Canyon Invitational Sept. 19 - Horizon at Mountain Pointe Oct. 7 - Dobson Invitational Oct. 25 - Team state finals Oct. 27-28 - State singles and doubles finals

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