The Desert Vista girls tennis team knows the pressure is on this spring.

After the Thunder’s girls cross country team and basketball teams won state titles in the fall and winter, respectively, keeping the “Year of the Girls” going falls to either the Desert Vista tennis or track teams.

While the track team has the talent and depth to do it, the tennis team might have an even better chance.

“Everyone keeps talking about this being the Year of the Girls,” Thunder coach Angel Singer said. “We know all about it and we think we have the team to do it.”

The Thunder have three players who could be considered No. 1s in junior Melissa Kahn, junior Yolena Carlon and senior Tori Kammerzel.

“They are all pretty good and I’d feel comfortable with any of them at No. 1,” Singer said.

Flagstaff transfer Ann Carsey, a junior, freshman Sarah Tamburro and sophomore Mikayla Mularoni fill out the usual lineup that has seen the Thunder already beat perennial power Salpointe Catholic 7-2 on their way to a 3-0 overall record.

The Thunder have never made it past the state semifinals as a team after making for the first time two seasons ago.

If Desert Vista ever had the team to do it this is the one and clearly it seems to be the year after what happened in the other two sports seasons.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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