It has been three long years since a team other than Rowland Hall has won the girls 2A state tennis tournament. And after the Winged Lions cleaned up in the North Region tournament last weekend, there is little reason to believe they won't do it again on Saturday.
"The region tournament went very well," Rowland Hall coach Tim Sleeper said. "We met our goal of being a first or second seed in state."
Sleeper's squad won the team region title and almost swept the individual events. The only event in which they did not finish first was No. 2 doubles, where they were runners-up. St. Joseph finished just opposite of the Winged Lions, second in every position but No. 2 doubles, where they took first. South Summit finished third in every spot.
Senior Blake Harries will be the player to watch from the North. She is a two-time state champion at No. 2 singles but is still looking to win a title in No. 1 singles after losing in the championship match last season.
From the South, six different teams will send players to Saturday's tournament at Liberty Park, including five from both Richfield and Manti.
"(Rowland Hall) played Manti early in the season and barely won, 3-2," Sleeper said. "I expect they will do very well at state."