Ogden and Judge emerged from Friday's quarterfinals as the favorites in the 3A girls tennis state meet at Brigham Young University.
Ogden is advancing all three singles players and both doubles pairs to today's semifinals, while Judge has three singles and one doubles representative. Judge's setback Friday was a quarterfinal loss in No. 1 doubles to Sky View.Of course, the Ogden-Judge situation should come as no surprise, since Ogden is the defending champion and Judge the 1989 runner-up. Ogden has won nine of the past 11 3A tennis titles since 1979, with Judge claiming the other two - in 1987 and 1988.
Ogden leads with 10 points garnered with five victories in both the first and quarterfinal rounds. Judge follows with 9, with Logan Bountiful and Springville rounding out the top 10.
Juliet Alder and Melissa Schmehl, Ogden's Nos. 1 and 2 singles players, both advanced without with 6-0, 6-0 wins in both the first round and quarterfinals. Judge's Mari Hrebenar accomplished the same feat in No. 3 singles. The Ogden and Judge players are in opposite ends of the brackets in all three singles categories, which means that head-to-head competition would come in finals.
Sky View's Julie Allen and Karen Tibbetts scored the 6-1, 6-2 upset of Judge's Region 6 championship duo of Erin Hartigan and Amanda Smith in No. 1 doubles.
Judge can make up some ground - or fall farther behind - in the team standings in the No. 2 doubles, where the Judge pair of Kris Martinez and Stacey Collins meet their Ogden counterparts - Sam Arango and Jennifer Johnson - in Saturday morning's semifinals.
Today's semifinals begin at 10 a.m. at the BYU Smith Fieldhouse Courts, with match victories in the semifinals and finals worth two points each, instead of Friday's single-point allowance for a match win. Inclement weather would force the matches to be played indoors at the BYU indoor courts and at the Ridge Atheltic Club.