Brophy Prep, Desert Mountain rivalry tops in Arizona boys tennis

After losing the 2014 state championship to Brophy College Preparatory, Desert Mountain Boys Tennis coach Dan LeFevre had a talk with his team.

The Wolves were up 4-2, just one win away from becoming the first public school to win the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Division I title since 1995. However, they dropped the final three doubles matches.

So LeFevre and his players dedicated the 2015 season to beating Brophy. And they did, 5-3 in the championship event.

“As far as high school tennis goes, I’ve never had a better day,” LeFevre said.

Brophy and Desert Mountain have played for five of the past nine Division I titles, leading to the creation of one of Arizona high school tennis’ fiercest rivalries. With the Broncos and Wolves – the Division I defending champion – ranked No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, in the AIA’s latest rankings, another playoff clash may be in store. Brophy currently leads 3-2 in head-to-head matchups in the state championship.

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