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Tennis competition heats up

Submitted by the PCHS tennis team

The Park City girls tennis team was handed a very tough loss by Judge on Sept. 9.

Judge came out strong with some very aggressive senior players. The closest match was in the doubles team, number 2 team Maddy Farnsworth and Emily Gardiner, who lost in a close third-set tie-break.

"I knew (Judge) would be strong this year," coach Lori McMahon said. "They beat us at the net. We learned that we need to be match tough and ready to meet the challenge of some of these more experienced players. The girls are working on being more aggressive and getting up to the net because that is where points are won in doubles. Our singles players have been playing consistent tennis, but now is the time to step it up, put some pace on the ball, and move their opponents."

With that in mind, the team was determined to do better down at the St. George Invitational Sept. 12. against 15 other schools. Despite the 105-degree heat, the Miners came back stronger.

The junior varsity team came away with a fourth place finish with stellar plays from singles players Amanda Higgins and Kristina Cox, who won the consolation bracket. The doubles team, Katherine Davis and Ashton Strauss-Hook, beat a tough team, 5A’s Skyline. Doubles team Katherine Young and Kelsey Bothner played well together and made it to the semifinals.

The varsity team fought hard and captured sixth place in the tournament.

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"The girls are getting it together and starting to implement many of the things that we want them to do out on the court," McMahon said. "They are moving better, placing the ball and starting to put pressure on their opponents, which is very good to see."

When it came down to the finals in the B tournament against 4A Mountain Crest, number 1 singles player Stormy Dvorak beat her opponent 7-5, 6-2. Number 2 singles player Sarah Boline fought hard and came back in the first set, but lost 6-4, 6-2.

Number 1 doubles team Jesika Frain and Dale Scudder moved well and won a heated 6-4, 7-6 match. Number 2 doubles team Maddy Farnsworth and Emily Gardiner endured a long battle but lost in a close third-set tie break, 10-7.

"It couldn’t have been any closer," McMahon said. "I was so proud of them."

The team is looking ahead to a competivie rest of the season.

"We have many good matches to go and we need to take one match at a time," McMahon said. "We should take Region, Division and State. We know what to do. The girls are improving every match and most importantly, starting to believe in themselves."