PCHS tennis team second in Region 10
May 5, 2015
A week after beating Juan Diego 3-2 in the final regular-season match, many members of the Park City High School boys’ tennis team got another shot at the Soaring Eagle in the Region 10 tournament last weekend.
When every Park City player advanced through the brackets to the championship round, it set up a final round with all three PCHS singles players squaring off against Juan Diego players. The No. 1 doubles team of Brennan French and Cole Lee also faced Juan Diego, but the No. 2 doubles team of Max Beringer and Charlie Lambert defeated the Soaring Eagle in the semifinals and played Uintah in the finals.
This time around, only No. 3 singles player Connor Burke was able to pick up a win for the Miners, earning the Region 10 title in his bracket.
No. 1 singles Rawson Simmons and No. 2 singles David Payne lost again to the Kempin brothers, Ryan and Connor.
"Rawson had a very mentally challenging match," Park City Coach Tamarin Espinoza said. "Out of all the times he’s played Ryan, that was probably the toughest on his psyche. David rises to the occasion whenever he plays Connor, and he played a great match. No matter the score, they’re always long games. These two guys were running all over the place."
Though Burke faced off against a Juan Diego opponent in the final, Espinoza said the semifinal match against Union was no cakewalk.
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"Connor was able to pull off a good win for us and get that region title for himself," she said. "But I would say he had a tougher semifinal than final, which kind of stumped all of us. He played some great matches, though. He was the mentally stronger one in each match."
Lee and French, who defeated Juan Diego during the regular-season match, couldn’t pull out another victory at the Region 10 tournament. Espinoza said the duo may have lost some momentum after a tough start.
"They got another shot at Juan Diego and Juan Diego was a little more prepared for them this time around," she said. "I think they lost a little steam coming out of the first set."
Beringer and Lambert were the only other team to defeat the Soaring Eagle, but met their match in the finals, when a tough Uintah squad earned an upset victory.
"They faced Juan Diego in the semifinals and were able to get through them," Espinoza said. "Then they hit a very different and stronger Uintah team. It was fast and fun to watch, but they just couldn’t capitalize when they needed to."
Though the results in the Region 10 tournament were not what the Miners expected, Espinoza hopes to carry some of the positives into the state tournament this weekend.
"They all got to the finals, which is huge," she said. "I think the pressure of the situation may have gotten to them a little bit. They were all good matches, though. We’re wondering if going into state as the underdog, maybe that’s what drives them. Maybe it will make them want it more."
Espinoza said anything can happen at the state tournament for Park City. The biggest challengers will be Dixie and Desert Hills, but Espinoza believes the Miners can beat anyone if they bring their "A" games.
"It’s up to them," she said. "They can place first, they can place second or they can place sixth like last year. It all depends on who shows up to these matches and who wants it and who is going to capitalize when they need to. It’s theirs to lose."
The 3A state tournament is scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.
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