5A girls' tennis: Davis captures school's first state title
There is a sign in front of Davis High that reads, "Defend the Tradition."
The Darts girls' tennis team added to that tradition Saturday at Liberty Park by capturing the first tennis state championship in the school's 100-year existence. Davis outpointed two-time defending Class 5A state champion Lone Peak 22-20.
"It feels like we just opened up a new tradition we want to defend," Davis coach Andy Wahlstrom said. "I told all five positions we needed your points. It's a team effort today. Every position should feel like they own a part of that trophy."
Lone Peak had a chance to tie for the state championship, but the Knights lost in the day's final match at No. 2 doubles, which clinched the title for Davis.
The Darts swept the singles competition, as No. 1 Breezy Turley earned her third consecutive state championship, while No. 2 Whitney Turley and No. 3 Eliza Hafen, both freshmen, captured titles as well. Davis had advanced its entire lineup to the semifinals to earn valuable team points.
"Honestly, we thought we had the team to win the last two years," said Wahlstrom, a first-year coach. "I know this was their goal the last three years. Even when the last match was not in the outcome, we said 'We're state champs.'"
The Turleys were equally dominating in their respective final matches. Breezy dispatched Pleasant Grove's Sarah Clifford 6-1, 6-0, while Whitney overwhelmed Lone Peak's Morgan Hall 6-0, 6-2.
"I played unbelievable," Breezy Turley said. "I felt so confident every shot. It felt like I couldn't miss. I probably played some of my best tennis. This morning Lone Peak [Leah Heimuli] gave me a run for my money. I'm so proud of Whitney. It's tough to come in as a freshman and win a state championship."
Wahlstrom couldn't overstate the impact the Turleys have on the team.
"They give us a leadership on the team," he said. "They up the level of competition, even at our practices."
Hafen, meanwhile, downed Lone Peak's Electra Cochran 6-0, 6-4 at No. 3 singles.
The doubles finals featured a pair of Lone Peak-Bingham matchups. The Knights' Haley Schettler and Lauren Allen defeated Jaelyn Peterson and Jean Noh 6-4, 6-2 for the No. 1 title. The Miners' Bethany Morey and Amanda Balls held off JJ Bitton and Sarah Nielson 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles.
Balls, who came close to winning the title in recent years, was overcome with emotion following the championship match.
"All the hard work paid off," Balls said. "It's unbelievable."
Morey echoed those sentiments, "We just cover each other's backs, and we think alike," she said. "We have good attitudes, which helps being able to move past the bad points. I'm just glad it wasn't a rainy day."
Bingham finished third in the team standings with 12 points.
5A state tournament
Team scores • Davis 22, Lone Peak 20, Bingham 12, Alta 5, Pleasant Grove 5, Viewmont 5, Brighton 4, Cottonwood 4, Jordan 4, West 4, Lehi 3, American Fork 1, Hillcrest 1
No. 1 singles
Breezy Turley, Davis, def. Leah Heimuli, Lone Peak, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
Sarah Clifford, Pleasant Grove, def. Brooke Burnside, West, 6-1, 6-2
Turley def. Clifford 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 singles
Whitney Turley, Davis, def. Mariah Petersen, Alta, 6-1, 6-0
Morgan Hall, Lone Peak, def. Cassidy Brown, Cottonwood, 6-0, 6-1
Turley def. Hall 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 singles
Eliza Hefen, Davis, def. Victoria Hekking, Cottonwood, 6-0, 6-0
Electra Cochran, Lone Peak, def. Sara Marple, Viewmont, 6-0, 6-0
Hafen def. Cochran 6-0, 6-4
No. 1 doubles
Haley Schettler-Lauren Allen, Lone Peak, def. Brooke Burningham-Emily Watkins, Davis, 6-0, 6-3
Jaelyn Peterson-Jean Noh, Bingham, def. Tabby Jones-Jenni Milne, Jordan, 6-1, 6-0
Schettler-Allen def. Peterson-Noah 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 doubles
Bethany Morey-Amanda Balls, Bingham, def. Kendall Sargent-Annie Gardner, Davis, 6-4, 6-3
JJ Bitton-Sarah Nielson, Lone Peak, def. Jessie Brown-Aspen Langren, Brighton, 6-1, 6-1
Morey-Balls def. Bitton-Nielson 6-4, 6-2