Farmington High School’s Molly Merrion faces off against Piedra Vista’s Sarah Herrington at the Farmington Sports Complex on Saturday.
Farmington High School's Molly Merrion faces off against Piedra Vista's Sarah Herrington at the Farmington Sports Complex on Saturday. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)
FARMINGTON — The Farmington High tennis squads can cross one goal off their list after both the boys and girls captured district titles.

The Lady Scorpions swept Piedra Vista 9-0, while the Scorpion boys beat the Panthers 8-1 on Saturday at the Farmington Sports Complex to finish undefeated district seasons.

The FHS girls dominated their matches with the Lady Panthers, winning all nine in straight sets.

"You got to have that to get a high seed," said FHS girls' head coach Pat McGrath on winning the district title. "The girls played pretty well."

McGrath, who has coached the Lady Scorps to four-straight 4A state titles, believes this season's team stacks up well with his championship teams of the past and thinks they will be a strong contender for another state title.

"This is one of the hardest working teams I've ever had," he said. "They show up a half hour before practice is supposed to start. They stay a half hour after. I'm really impressed with how much they've improved. They're ready. They're playing great."

Molly Merrion, Sydney Schumacher and Riley Coleman each won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0.

"We've worked really hard, and it just feels like our hard work is starting to pay off," Schumacher said of the win.

Danielle Nguyen of FHS defeated Holly Patterson of PV 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1 singles.

Liza Briody-Pavlik won her match for the Lady Scorps 6-1, 6-3 at No. 4 singles.

Allie Linville emerged victorious for Farmington in the closest match on the girls' side, beating PV's Ramsey Baker 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.

"I feel like we're all coming together really well," Linville said. "We're all joining together well and playing well, and we plan to keep playing that way into state."

The Lady Scorps then cruised through their three doubles matches with Nguyen and Merrion winning 6-2, 6-0; Linville and Schumacher winning 6-0, 6-4 and Briody-Pavlik and Coleman winning 6-1, 6-0.

The girls' team is confident that they'll be able to continue Farmington High's state title winning tradition.

"We've prepared all this way for it," Coleman said. "We have strong bottom (of the lineup). So if we can win our lower matches, then we can get five (championships)."

The Scorpion boys had a more difficult time than the girls, but were still able to defeat PV in eight of nine matches.

"It's a relief," said FHS boys' head coach Larry Larson on winning the district title. "They're one of the few 4A teams I worry about. We've handled everybody else pretty easily, but I was really concerned about this match because they're very good."

The FHS doubles teams won all three matches in straight sets, but ran into some strong competition in singles play from the Panthers.
Farmington’s Nathaniel Pavlik serves the ball during a doubles game against Piedra Vista’s Sean Barela and Brandon Adair at the Farmington
Farmington's Nathaniel Pavlik serves the ball during a doubles game against Piedra Vista's Sean Barela and Brandon Adair at the Farmington Sports Complex on Saturday. Pavlik's partner was Curtis Hunt. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)

Eli Briody-Pavlik of FHS scraped by PV's Austin Denny 7-6, 6-4 to win at No. 5 singles.

Matt With grinded out a three-set victory for the Scorps over Colton Howard 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 at No. 3 singles, while Curtis Hunt, Malcolm McGrath and Will Hall all won their matches in straight sets for FHS.

PV picked up its lone victory of the match at No. 1 singles when Sean Barela defeated Nathaniel Pavlik 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 in a three-set battle.

"It feels good, because a lot of the matches we play in district aren't very good," Barela said of the win. "So when we play FHS, we get really good matches. It's a good confidence booster."

The two teams will turn their attention to the district's individual tournament next weekend as players from both FHS and PV will try to qualify for the individual state championships.

"We're ready for that," Larson said of the individual tournament. "That's the easy part. The team part is my biggest focus, but we're ready and we'll represent Farmington High well."

The top three singles players and doubles teams will represent the district at the Individual State Tournament in Albuquerque.

Grants, Miyamura, Gallup and Belen will compete against the Scorpions and Panthers in the district meet.

Joshua Perry can be reached at; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.