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State tennis brackets announced

April 17, 2018 GMT

The Arizona Interscholastic Association posted the brackets for the state singles and doubles tennis tournaments on Monday night.

Lake Havasu has experience heading into the tournament, which starts Friday in Phoenix, led by a team of girls that finished the regular season ranked No. 8 in Division II.

Knights junior Tatum Liska, who advanced to the third round in doubles last season, will represent Lake Havasu in singles, opening against Tucson Pueblo Magnet’s Marissa Orr. Orr, a senior, made it to the second round in singles last year.

Jilyian Murphy and Athena Ganas will play Peoria Sunrise Mountain’s Madison Olivia and Taylor Berthusen in the opening round of doubles on Friday. Ganas, playing with Liska in February, lost to the same team 9-8 during a dual in Lake Havasu.

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Denver Finch will represent Havasu in boys singles aginst Mingus Union’s John Valentine. Finch advanced to the second round in doubles last season.

Hayden Bekkedahl and Trent Dreisbach will open the doubles tournament with a team from Phoenix Moon Valley.

The girls tournament will begin at Phoenix Tennis Center and the boys at Scottsdale Ranch Park and Tennis Center, both starting play at 10:30 a.m.

The boys and girls combine venues in the third round beginning Saturday at the Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale.