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High school girls tennis: Timpview narrowly claims first title since 2001

Published: Saturday, Oct. 12 2013 7:50 p.m. MDT

Timpview celebrates winning the 4A girls state tennis championship at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Timpview celebrates winning the 4A girls state tennis championship at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Kate Cusick is moving to Florida soon to attend the Saddlebrook Tennis Academy in Tampa, Fla. Before leaving though, the Timpview sophomore took care of some business at home.

Cusick played superb tennis throughout the 4A state tournament this week, easily capturing the first singles state title. But arguably more importantly she led Timpview to its first state title since 2001.

“This is the best day of my life,” said Cusick, who was a first singles semifinalist as a freshman.

The sophomore was the only Timpview player to advance to Saturday’s championship round, but thanks to a strong showing Thursday and Friday her team secured just enough points to claim the 4A state title, edging Olympus 12-11.

Timpview celebrates winning the 4A girls state tennis championship at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Timpview celebrates winning the 4A girls state tennis championship at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

Timpview coach Michelle Landers is still stunned 12 points was good enough to win a state championship. Twelve points would’ve only been good enough for a third-place tie last season.

“I didn’t think we could win with 12 points, I thought it would take at the minimum 14,” said Landers. “I thought it was going to take two in the finals.”

That didn’t happen, but Olympus “lost in just the right places” to pave the way for Timpview’s title.

Bonneville, Bountiful and Maple Mountain finished tied for third with eight points, while Skyline and Sky View right behind with seven in the tightly bunched tournament.

Landers said the goal coming in was for Timpview to get everyone through the first round and see what happened after that — hopefully a top-three finish. Thanks to Cusick’s triumph at first singles over Judge’s Katie Iwasaki, the T-Birds exceeded their goal and claimed the title.

Katie Iwasaki from Judge High School loses to Kate Cusick from Timpview High School in first singles during the 4A girls tennis tournament at Liberty Park Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Katie Iwasaki from Judge High School loses to Kate Cusick from Timpview High School in first singles during the 4A girls tennis tournament at Liberty Park Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

Timpview’s first doubles team of Kali Cravens and Emily Christensen scored important points Friday, and nearly advanced to the final before falling to Olympus Megan Bell and Haleigh Downing, 6-1, 6-7, 6-1.

“I wanted to win so bad and just do my best, and wanting to win for my partner,” said Christensen, who quickly talked about the excitement of the team title. “We all played our part through getting yesterday’s matches. If we didn’t win the matches we did yesterday we wouldn’t be here today.”

Olympus’ team of Bell and Downing went on to win the first doubles state title, as all five positions were claimed by a different school.

A year after taking state at first doubles, East senior Ruby Parkin secured the second singles championship with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Bonneville’s Hailey Daniels.

Olympus High's Megan Bell and Haleigh Downing celebrate winning first doubles in the 4A girls state tennis championships at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Olympus High's Megan Bell and Haleigh Downing celebrate winning first doubles in the 4A girls state tennis championships at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

Skyline’s Sarah Cassell claimed the third singles title by beating Bountiful’s Sara Jones in a marathon three-setter, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4.

The second doubles title was won by Maple Mountain’s Michelle Parrot and Emma Harlan, as they topped Sky View’s Casey Hunt and Sara Pierson. A round earlier, though, Maple Mountain’s victory over Olympus’ Hannah Durham and Zaylie Collins produced some of the loudest cheers of the day — especially from Timpview. The semifinal victory by Maple Mountain officially clinched the team title for the T-Birds.

4A State Tournament

At Liberty Park

Team scores

1. Timpview, 12; 2. Olympus, 11; 3 (tie). Bonneville, Bountiful, Maple Mountain, 8 (tie). Skyline, Sky View, 7; 8. East, 6.

Maple Mountain's Michelle Parrot and Emma Harlan react to winning second doubles in the 4A girls state tennis championships at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Maple Mountain's Michelle Parrot and Emma Harlan react to winning second doubles in the 4A girls state tennis championships at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

1st singles

Semifinals

Kate Cusick, Timpview def. Killian Doran, Corner Canyon, 6-3, 6-3

Katie Iwasaki, Judge def. Hannah Jones, Bonneville, 6-3, 7-5

Championship

Cusick def. Iwasaki, 6-2, 6-2

2nd singles

Semifinals

Hailey Daniels, Bonneville def. Mariah Miller, Bountiful, 7-5, 6-4

Ruby Parkin, East def. Jenny Farnsworth, Timpview, 6-4, 6-3

Kate Cusick from Timpview High School competes in first singles during the 4A girls tennis tournament at Liberty Park Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Kate Cusick from Timpview High School competes in first singles during the 4A girls tennis tournament at Liberty Park Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

Championship

Parkin def. Daniels, 6-3, 6-4

3rd singles

Semifinals

Sara Jones, Bountiful def. Tessa Yates, Murray, 6-2, 7-5

Sarah Cassell, Skyline def. Emily Watts, Olympus, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2

Championship

Cassell def. Jones, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4

1st doubles

Semifinals

Baylee Park/Olivia Park, Springville def. Cami Craig/Tatum Chiniquy, Orem, 6-4, 6-1

Springville's Baylee Park competes in first doubles in the 4A girls state tennis championships at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Springville's Baylee Park competes in first doubles in the 4A girls state tennis championships at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

Megan Bell/Haleigh Downing, Olympus def. Kali Cravens/Emily Christensen, Timpview, 6-1, 6-7, 6-1

Championship

Bell/Downing, Olympus def. Park/Park, Springville, 6-1, 6-4

2nd doubles

Semifinals

Casey Hunt/Sara Peerson, Sky View def. Paige Young/Devir Deucher, Orem, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5

Michelle Parrott/Emma Harlan, Maple Mountain def. Hannah Durham/Zaylie Collins, Olympus, 7-5, 6-7, 6-1

Championship

Parrott/Harlan def. Hunt/Pierson, 7-6, 6-3

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