PCHS boys’ tennis: Miners are off to a hot start
March 30, 2012
When asked if her 2012 Park City High School boys’ tennis team has the talent to be considered part of the upper echelon of 3A tennis, Miners head coach Jessica Watts didn’t hesitate.
"Yes," she said, succinctly. "Things are going to be extremely competitive, but we are an extremely deep team. Hopefully we can use that to our advantage. We have depth and experience, which usually lends itself well."
A few weeks into the 2012 season, the Miners have seen impressive results. The squad, which Watts said consists of four seniors and three juniors, defeated Region 10 rival Judge Memorial 4-1 on the road on March 20 and finished second overall in the St. George Tournament last weekend.
Park City is led this year by No. 1 singles player Kevin Colopy, a junior who Watts said has "national-level tennis experience." He’s followed by senior Stefan Dancy, who returns to his No. 2 singles position.
"He’s improved a lot from last year and he’ll bring a lot to the table," Watts said of Dancy.
Park City’s No. 3 is junior Matt Groy, who steps into the shoes left by Jackson Engen, who won the 3A state title in boys’ No. 3 singles in 2011.
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"Matt’s a really well-rounded tennis player," Watts said.
Spearheading the Miners’ doubles attack are the No. 1 pair of Caleb Wray and Marco Testa, both seniors, who have become a formidable duo, according to Watts.
"They’re probably one of the strongest teams we’ve been able to create in all my years of coaching," she said. "It just kind of happened."
The duo advanced all the way to the finals of the St. George Tournament before falling to a 4A Logan tandem in a marathon match, lasting three-and-a-half hours, according to Watts.
"That was the longest doubles match I’ve ever seen," she said. "Their energy is just outstanding."
In the No. 2 doubles spot, Watts said the staff is still trying to figure out which tandem will stick as the Miners enter a crucial home stretch. She said Evan Fleming and Zach Jackson have been impressive in their time together this year and will have another chance to prove themselves next Tuesday as Park City plays host to rival Wasatch at the PC MARC.
The veteran-laden squad, Watts said, eventually will have to get past Dixie, Desert Hills, Juan Diego and Wasatch in its search of a state championship. But the third-year head coach said she’s excited to possibly move up the ladder. In her first year her team finished third at state, and last year Park City finished second.
This year, she said, could be the year the Miners work their way to the top.
"We’ve kind of been slowly moving up," she said. "We just want to be extremely competitive. We’ve been doing extremely well. It’s some of the best tennis I’ve seen them play."