Miners lose to Sky View, 3-2, at home
The key to the Miners’ success in girls’ tennis this year may be through their stomachs. Well, at least one person’s stomach.
On Tuesday, when the girls hosted Sky View for a practice match, a key team member was noticeably missing.
Park City’s No. 1 singles player, Ali McMahon, pulled a stomach muscle while playing the Hardcourt National Championships last month in California. Despite efforts to rehab it quickly before the prep season started, McMahon is struggling to get back to 100 percent. In the meantime, her mother and coach, Lori McMahon, has made some decisions. Ali will only be playing in Region 10 divisional matches and the region and state championships. McMahon wants to be sure that her daughter is healthy and ready when the postseason starts, so the Miners will have a strong chance at the 3A state title.
In the meantime, it has meant new opportunities and challenges for the rest of the Miners to fill the gap.
At Tuesday’s match, the Miners singles players all moved up in the rankings, putting the usual No. 2 player, Tessa Wray, at the No. 1 slot. No. 3 singles player Stormy Dvorak played at No. 2 and McMahon decided to use No. 1 junior varsity player, Annabelle Werling, at the No. 3 varsity singles position. The Park City doubles teams of Callie Wells and Alex Oriente and Hilary Packham and Kristen Albrecht, were left intact so the girls could continue to learn to work together.
The team responded well to the move. Both Wray and Dvorak won in two sets, with Wray defeating Sky View’s Hanah Phillips 6-1, 6-2 and Dvorak beating Jazmyn Maiden 6-4, 6-0. Werling lost her match in three sets, but gave it a good effort losing in a 10-point tiebreaker, 10-3. This was Werling’s second varsity match. She won last week against Bountiful in three sets.
"She’s doing great," said McMahon. "She is very consistent. Our team has to thank her for stepping up."
The Park City doubles teams both struggled against Sky View losing in two sets. McMahon said that although the two teams are working well together thus far, they need to be more aggressive at the net.
"That’s what wins it in doubles," she said. "I emphasize with all of the girls about being on the offensive and taking the net."
The girls will have a few opportunities this week to work on these things, with their first Region 10 match on Tuesday against Waterford and a practice match against division 5A Alta on Wednesday. Both should prove to be tough opponents, which is exactly what the Miners need this week. Next weekend they head to the St. George Tournament in southern Utah where they will see some of the best teams in the state, including ones they will surely meet up with at the state championships.
"I think they will be ready for St. George," McMahon said. "They are really, really figuring out what we want to do."
The St. George event is also the trip where the girls have traditionally come together as a team and really worked on teamwork, camaraderie and bonding as a unit.
"Everything meshes there," McMahon said,
The Miners will travel to Waterford on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. and host Alta on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
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