The annual Mesa City Tournament, which is more of a fun event than anything else, showed again just how competitive the girls' 5A state tennis individual tournament will be at state this season.
One day after falling in straight sets to Red Mountain senior Courtney Koenigsfeld in a dual meet, Mountain View sophomore Paij Porter defeated Koenigsfeld, 7-6, (7-0) to capture the city title Thursday at the Gene Autry Sports Complex.
Porter is the fifth-ranked Arizona player in the USTA 16-and-under rankings. Koenigsfeld is ranked ninth in Arizona in the USTA's 18-and-under rankings and is the Tribune's reigning girls' 5A Player of the Year and 5A runner-up at state last season. She earlier fell to Corona del Sol sophomore Lynley Wasson (third in Arizona 16-and-under USTA) in the finals of the Kiwanis Tournament. Koenigsfeld defeated Wasson in the 5A quarterfinals at state last year.
Despite the loss, Koenigsfeld helped to lead the Red Mountain girls to the city team title in what was nearly a clean sweep for the Mountain Lions for the day in the winner's circle. Red Mountain's 48 points barely edged Mountain View's 44.
The Red Mountain boys had a easier time, scoring 51 points to win. Mountain View had 37 and Dobson 34.
On the boys' side, Craig Johnson captured the individual singles title for Red Mountain, defeating Mountain View's Brock Mason, 6-0.
The Red Mountain boys doubles teams of Kevin Durand and Gregory Peck, in the Gold division, and Juan Fernandez and Matt Given, in the Silver division, each captured city titles.
The Red Mountain girls teams of Rachel Rahn and Colleen Sullivan (Gold) and Kathy Decaluwe and Katie Callison (Silver) also won city titles. Mountain View's mixed doubles team of Sam Coulter and Brooke Skousen captured the city title.
Johnson is Arizona's 13th-ranked player (USTA 18-and-under) and along with Durand, the defending top-ranked doubles' team in the USTA's Southwest Region rankings. He struggled to defeat Mason in three sets Wednesday.
"Today he played his best," Red Mountain boys coach Terry Graves said. "He was a little sluggish yesterday. When he's focused he does pretty well."