Highland and Ogden will be back to defend their titles this weekend at the 4A and 3A state girls tennis championships Friday and Saturday. However, something - or better put, a couple of someones - will be missing at the 3A meet.

The 4A is set for Liberty Park, while the 3A returns to the BYU Smith Fieldhouse courts. Friday's first-round matches at both sites begin at 9 a.m., with quarterfinal play following. Saturday's semis start at 10 a.m. at both locations, with the finals expected to start in the early afternoon.Missing this year at the 3A championship will be the classic No. 1 singles confrontration between Ogden's Nicky Wangsgard and Judge's Becky Markosian, with the two having met in the No. 1 finals for four straight years. Wangsgard won in 1986, 1988 and 1989, while Markosian triumphed in the 1987 matchup.

Last year's 4A and 3A state meets turned out to be two-team affairs. Highland ran away with with the 4A team title, amassing 26 points to Timpview's 13. No other team managed double-digit scoring.

Highland won all three singles and finished second in both doubles categories en route to the 4A crown. Highland and Timpview have been dominating their respective regions against this year.

In the 3A, Ogden ended Judge's two-year reign by winning two singles titles and both doubles. Judge won the No. 3 doubles and finished second the other two singles as well as one of the doubles. Ogden finished with 28 points, while Judge earned 20 - and similar to the 4A, no other team scored more than seven points.

In the 4A and 3A meets, one team point is awarded for each of Friday's first-round and quarterfinal match victory. Winners in Saturday's semifinals and finals will be awarded two points per match.

Park City won the 2A-1A state girls tennis title last Saturday.


Girls tennis titles

1st Most

School Tot. title recent

Brighton 9 1976 1987

Grantsville 9 1978 1988*

Ogden 8 1979 1989

Judge 6 1974 1988

* - shared 1988 2A title with Lehi.