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.
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.
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