Miners get much-needed win
April 3, 2009
It was the win they had been waiting for. The Park City High School tennis team put their first "W" on a schedule that included some of the best programs in the state.
"We’ve all been struggling," said Park City No. 2 singles players Jack Burrus. "We’ve played some tough teams."
Not only was it a win, it was a resounding one. In all but No. 1 doubles, the Miners managed to sweep the Wasps in straight sets. For No. 1 singles player Sam Miller, it provided the confidence that they needed.
"Especially with the schedule," he said. "It was really a bad thing to start the season the way we did."
Part of the difficulty is the age and experience of the team. This year, Miller transferred from Rowland Hall, where he played varsity, and Burrus was a varsity player for Park City last season, but the rest of the starters were lost to graduation. Most of the team is made of last year’s junior-varsity squad and a number of underclassmen.
Because Wasatch is in Region 10, this is the first match that will count towards the state championships. There will be more challenges ahead with top teams like Judge Memorial and Waterford, but Miller hopes the team will be ready for the challenge.
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"I feel like we definitely have the ability to go for State," he said. "A lot of people are getting better."
He is already looking forward to the match later in the season against Judge. Miller has been battling Judge’s No.1 singles player, Trey Kennedy, for years and is preparing for the challenge.
Both Miller and Burrus swept their opponents 6-0, 6-0, although they took slightly different approaches.
"It was a fun match," Miller said. "To be able to win by that huge of a margin was nice."
Burrus said that in the first set, he started to lose focus and began playing a little messily. After that, he regained his composure and went on to win the match decisively, but said he needed to work on focusing in every match, regardless of the opponent’s skill.
Miller, on the other hand, said he was able to keep his head in the game.
"I try to stay focused in every game," he said. "I battle with myself, no matter what There’s skilled competition throughout the season."
That was probably a smart plan, as the Miners took on top 5A squad, Cottonwood, on Wednesday. The three singles players, including No. 3 player John Packham, were all defeated, but both double teams were able to come away with victories. The No. 1 doubles duo of Tyler Carpenter and August Simmons won 6-3, 0-6, and 10-8, and in the No. 2 position, Jackson Engen and Caleb Wray won easily in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.