PCHS tennis overcomes weather to win tourney
August 31, 2010
Not even a National Weather Service severe-weather alert could derail the Park City High School girls’ tennis team.
Amidst blustery 40-mile-per-hour winds, the Miners proved their resilience and, most importantly, consistency in winning the Ogden Team Invitational last weekend. Park City took home the first-place trophy in a field of 14 teams made up mostly of 3A, 4A and 5A schools.
Head coach Lori McMahon was happy that her players were able to adjust to the adverse conditions and still prove themselves against such high-caliber opponents.
"We still have to work to do," McMahon said. "But this gives us confidence going into the long season ahead."
She continued to praise her team’s unity as one of the main cogs of the early season success.
"Our varsity this year is a very tight, cohesive, hard-working group of girls," she said, "which has designated down through the entire team. It’s been very exciting to see."
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It wasn’t just a couple Miners who led the way to the victory. It took a team effort as both singles and doubles competitors helped the team stay on the winning path.
The pair of doubles teams were very effective over the weekend, engineering a couple key wins.
The No. 1 doubles team of Dani Lecher and Kara Johnson are becoming more well-acquainted playing together as they bested pairs from Sky View and St. Joseph’s before falling to Highland in the finals, 6-3, 6-1. Park City’s No. 2 doubles team of Katherine Davis and Julie Patterson, much like Lecher and Johnson made it all the way to the finals, even beating Highland in the semifinals, but eventually lost in the finals, 6-4, 6-2 to Highland.
"They helped propel us," McMahon said of her hard-working doubles teams.
However, single matches were the Miners’ strength over the weekend as Alex Oriente, Solveig Karlsen and Stormy Dvorak all won their final matches. McMahon called Oriente a "fighter", while preaching Karlsen’s patience and big-hitting.
At the end of the tournament, all the pressure fell upon the shoulders of senior Stormy Dvorak. Her match was the last of the day and would determine the outcome of the Ogden Invitational.
"She had us on pins and needles, and it was a battle, but in the end, her tenacity and consistency proved to be too much," McMahon said.
Dvorak won the match, 7-5, 6-4, over Eliza Rasmussen from East High School and Park City took home the hardware.
The Miners get back to business Thursday against Rowland Hall Academy at 3:30 pm.