The Park City High School girls' tennis team couldn't wait to start its 2013 season.
After a loss in the state championship match in 2012, the remaining members of the squad are anxious to prove they can bring home the first-place trophy this year.
According to head coach Tim Donnelly, the team is on the right path for success.
"I think the girls had a great first week of practice," he said. "We had a lot more directed and focused practice sessions last week."
The early-season results speak for themselves a win against Judge Memorial and a fifth-place finish at a 16-team tournament that featured a few tough 4A squads.
"Really from the start of play against Judge, we dominated," Donnelly said. "The girls really pulled it together. I was really proud of their attitude."
Though Park City lost to Bonneville in its second match of the Ogden Tournament, Donnelly said there was plenty to be proud of.
"It was a fantastic tournament for us," he said. "We had some really positive experiences for the girls and we held our own in most of our matches. It better prepares us for the state tournament and we got to see a couple other teams within our region."
Park City won its first match of the Ogden Tournament against Ogden before falling to Bonneville. On the second day, the Miners were victorious against Box Elder in the first match of the day before winning a rematch against Judge in the fifth-place game.
"We ended up playing Box Elder first and won every line (every match) quite convincingly," Donnelly said. "Then we faced Judge and won every line in the rematch convincingly too."
The Miners will rely on No. 1 singles player Solveig Karlsen, one of Park City's seven seniors, to lead the team. Senior Danielle Lecher will hold down the No. 2 singles spot and junior Jessica Santos is getting a shot in the No. 3 singles slot.
Donnelly said Karlsen is a great leader for his squad.
"She's a very experienced player," he said. "She's ranked both in the intermountain and national rankings."
He added that Lecher is one of the better athletes on the team.
"She's just a fantastic athlete," he said. "She knows her way around the tennis court."
And, Donnelly said, he likes what he's seen from Santos so far in 2013.
"She's showing some real promise in her game and finding her way into that role," he said.
Senior McKenna Tychsen is the anchor of the No. 1 doubles team after losing her partner, Natalie Frost, to graduation after the duo captured a state title at No. 2 doubles last season and senior Caroline Davis is the leader of the No. 2 doubles team. Donnelly said he's trying out some different combinations to find partners for the two.
"They're the players that are very comfortable with where they're playing," he said. "We'll develop a team around them."
With Katie Hardman, Katie Lagnese and Blair Roussos rounding out the group of seven seniors on the squad, Donnelly likes his team's chances of capturing the state title.
"I think we have a really good shot of going all the way," he said. "Last year we were second in state and I think if we get the right combination of players and have the right focus, we can do exceptionally well this year."
The Miners' first home match is on Sept. 6, when they'll host Rowland Hall at the PC MARC.