Scorpion boys, girls primed for state title run

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FARMINGTON — The Farmington High School tennis teams are again plowing through their competition this season, which is nothing new by their standards.

"It has been (that way) as long I've been here pretty much. We have a pretty deep team this year. We've got a lot talent, a lot of really athletic people," senior Nate Benson said. "We're aware that we're good and what we should accomplish."

Some players are hard hitting, attacking at the net right away for quick points. Others stay the course and push through when certain matches intensify. Benson said that range in playing style helps keep opponents on their heels the whole time.

"A lot of teams, they all just go and just rush the net or they all just hit as hard as they can. We're really diverse in our play styles. You never really know what you're going to get," Benson said.

Benson is 12-1 as the FHS boys' top singles player, while senior Marshall Magnuson is a combined 20-3 as the No. 2 and 3 singles player.

The Scorpion girls' lineup of seven singles players are a combined 59-6.

"Our team has so much depth. From the top to the bottom, we're all really solid. It's really nice and reassuring," said junior Emily Nguyen, who is the defending 5A girls singles state champion.

As dominant as both teams have been this year — both have punched their ticket to state by winning the district regular-season title and compiling a combined 32-3 record — they still try to balance being mindful of their talent and preventing complacency.

"Knowing that state isn't just given to us makes us want to work harder and get those results. We know how high the bar is set, and we definitely reach for it," freshman Eliza Merrion said.

After winning their 13th straight district title, the Farmington girls have their sights set on their seventh state title since 2009.

Despite reigning at the top of its district year after year, the Farmington boys have yet to bring home a state title.

"We do definitely have the potential," Benson said. "I'm not going to lie to you, the blue trophy is pretty elusive. There's no reason we can't (win it). We definitely have a chance."

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.

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