Mingus boys tennis team faces State foes

Marauders host Santa Rita on Tuesday in 1st round of team State tournament

The Mingus Union boys tennis team will play in two state tennis tournaments beginning next week.

The entire six-man team will play in the first round of the 'State Team' tournament on at the Mingus tennis courts. Mingus gets to host the first two rounds because they were awarded the second seed through a power point seeding system of all high school teams in Arizona.

Mingus will host Santa Rita from Tucson in the first round. The match is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and all are invited to cheer the Marauders on.

Mingus also qualified for the 'doubles' state tournament. Brian Thieme and Thanat Khamlua will play in the first round that will be held at the Paseo Racquet Club in Phoenix on April 27.

At the regional tournament semifinals on April 19, Mingus lost two close matches. Max Block and Zach Buttermore lost a hard-fought match against Sunnyslope. After a slow start, Block and Buttermore were still behind after dropping the first set. They both rallied hard in the second set but were unable to win the match.

"It just wasn't their day," said Coach Jeff Knight. "Max and Zach have had a brilliant season this year and will need to be in top form to help Mingus at the state team tournament."

Thieme and Khamlua had the same results. Facing the No. 1 seeded team from Washington (the eventual champions), they dropped the first set, were down in the second and were unable to win. They also began to make a strong challenge in the second set but two important points went against them and they lost in straight sets. However, they ended up third in the conference and will play at state on April 27 at the Paseo Racquet Club in Phoenix.

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