With the 3A girls' tennis state tournament coming up this weekend, the Park City High School squad is looking like a force to be reckoned with.
During the Miners' region tournament last weekend, No. 1 singles player Solveig Karlsen, No. 2 singles player Danielle Lecher, No. 3 singles player Jessica Santos and the No. 1 doubles team of Kylie Schwalbe and McKenna Tychsen all claimed region titles by winning both their matches.
Park City coach Tim Donnelly said that's what he expected his team to accomplish against its region opponents.
"We pretty much went into the tournament as number one seeds," he said. "All but our No. 2 doubles team and they were a number two seed."
Karlsen set the tone for the Miners, defeating her opponent from Morgan in the finals by a score of 6-0, 6-0.
"She was playing the best I think I've ever seen her play," Donnelly said. "She only had four unforced errors and was serving great."
Lecher added another convincing victory in her final match, defeating her Uintah opponent 6-2, 6-3.
"Dani is playing with a lot of confidence right now," Donnelly said. "It's great to see."
Santos gave the Miners their third singles region champ by downing a Morgan opponent 6-3, 6-0.
"She was following the game plan of shoring up her short ball shot perfectly," Donnelly said. "She did that especially well in the second set. Our singles players are firing on all cylinders right now."
Donnelly was especially pleased with the teamwork shown by Schwalbe and Tychsen, who won their match 6-1, 6-2.
"They executed the perfect strategic doubles game," he said. "They showed a lot of versatility."
He's also happy with the way his No. 2 doubles team Carlin O'Connell and Natalie Beal continue to improve. Though they lost their finals match against Juan Diego, they put up quite a fight against the team that also beat them in the regular season.
"They lost the first set, but they rallied to come back big time in the second set," he said. "Unfortunately, they couldn't pull it off [in the third set], but now they know what they need to improve upon. They're very positive about what they need to do this week."
With the state finals beginning Friday and ending Saturday at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Donnelly said practice has been going quite well this week.
"We're looking forward to getting on the court," he said. "We feel confident, but I just want to keep the expectations realistic. We do have a great chance of doing very well at state this year, but we have to execute our plan and execute our shots. If we don't do that, we can't expect to finish high."
Friday and Saturday's slate of games begin at 8:30 a.m.