It was a repeat - and we emphasize the word "repeat" for Ogden as the Tiger netters successfully defended their 3A state girls' prep tennis championship Saturday.
At the 3A meet Saturday at Brigham Young University, Ogden won two of the three individual singles titles and and both doubles events in a runaway for the 1990 team championship. The Tigers amassed 28 team points, well ahead of second-place Judge's 17.That should sound much like a same-song-second-verse comparison to Ogden's winning the 3A tennis crown last year, when the Coach Carol Benson's Tigers won - you guessed it - two singles titles and both doubles titles en route to 28 team points, with Judge finishing with 20.
Need more ties to the past? In a rematch of last year's No. 2 singles finals, Ogden's Juliet Alder beat Judge's Chelsea Deakins, 6-0, 6-4 for the No. 1 singles championship. Last year, Alder defeated Deakins 7-6, 6-0 in No. 2 singles play.
This time around, the match was closer than the lopsided score indicates, with Alder appropriately labeled by one onlooker as "unbelievably focused." The four games won by Deakins in the second game were the only four lost by the Ogden sophomore in four matches in the two-day meet.
In the No. 2 singles, freshman Melissa Schmehl downed Judge's Stephanie Tonin - last year's No. 3 singles champ - with ease, 6-0, 6-1. Schmehl herself only dropped only two games in the four-round tournament.
Judge's sole breakthrough in the title honors came at the No. 3 singles - the same event that the Bulldog netters had won the previous year. Judge's Mari Hrebenar downed Ogden's Elizabeth Herman 6-2, 6-1.
In the No. 1 doubles, the Ogden tandem of Monica Allen and Jill Starley took top honors - with Allen having shared last year's No. 2 doubles crown and Starley finishing second in No. 3 singles play. Allen and Starley teamed to defeat the Sky View duo of Julie Allen and Karen Tibbetts, 6-3, 6-1. Allen and Tibbets were No. 1 doubles runners-up twice in as many years, having finished second in the 1989 state meet.
Ogden's No. 2 doubles team of Sam Arango and Jennifer Johnson easily downed Lehi's Sheryl Urry and Sarah Hadfield 6-0, 6-1 in the finals. Both teams had to endure three-set semifinals, with Arango and Johnson coming back from a first-set loss to Judge's Kris Martinez and Stacey Collins to win 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Trailing Ogden and Judge in the team standings were Logan, 7 points; Sky View, 6; Bountiful, 5; Springville, 5; Lehi, 4; and Mountain Crest, 4. Nine other teams scored three or fewer points.