PCHS tennis sweeps Tooele
May 3, 2016
Last week was supposed to start with a bang for the Park City High School boys’ tennis team. On Monday, the Miners were set to square off against Region 10 rival Grantsville for the second time this season.
However, Mother Nature had different plans. Due to rain in Grantsville, the outdoor courts where the Cowboys host matches were unplayable, leading to the postponement of the competition that will decide the Region 10 regular-season title and the seedings heading into this week’s Region 10 Championships.
A non-region match scheduled for Tuesday was also canceled, making Thursday’s Tooele match the only time the Miners were able to take the court last week.
"[Last] week was kind of a wash," Park City Coach Tamarin Espinoza said. "The only saving grace was [Thursday’s] match that was indoors."
Playing at the PC MARC, the Miners were looking to get back into a rhythm after the cancellations also affected their practice schedule.
"Today was a day we needed to work out some kinks," Espinoza said. "We only had one day of practice because we weren’t able to get the courts [at the MARC] on Monday and Tuesday since we weren’t scheduled to have them."
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Even with the disrupted scheduled, the Miners had no problem with the Buffaloes. No. 1 singles player David Payne, No. 2 Cole Lee and No. 3 Connor Burke each picked up straight-set 6-1, 6-0 victories over their opponents. In the No. 1 doubles match, Charlie Lambert and Spencer Kunkel defeated Matt Vigil and Thomas Sharp 6-2, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Brennan French and Jack Lecher dominated Tooele’s Bryson Day and Orrin Gonzales 6-0, 6-0. Park City’s Hans Nilsson and Jack Wright earned an identical 6-0, 6-0 victory over Tooele’s Forest Nichols and Justin Kenison.
Though all the Park City players made quick work of their opponents, Espinoza said the No. 1 doubles match was a highlight of Thursday’s competition.
"Charlie and Spencer, every match they play, they’re finding their groove," she said. "Part of that is just the more they practice together, the better they get. They’ve been friends for years and have played tennis together for years."
This week, the Miners will have several tough matches. The Grantsville match was rescheduled for Tuesday afternoon, after this issue went to press. On Thursday and Friday, Park City will host the Region 10 Championships at the MARC.
"They’re going to be playing a lot of tennis next week," Espinoza said. "They’re not really going to get any reprieve."
But, Espinoza added, the Miners are in a good position to claim a region title and head into the 3A state tournament on a high note if they can keep building on the momentum they have from the last few matches.
"It’s just keeping this energy up and finding that rhythm together," she said. "Right now, we’re in the best possible spot to succeed. We have a really good team."