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Tennis team takes second in Logan invite

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

The Park City High School girls tennis team finished in a familiar place at the annual Logan Tournament this weekend. The girls once again took second place, finishing behind a brand new Desert Hills team from St. George.

The Desert Hills team was very familiar to Park City head coach Lori McMahon. Both the coach and many of the girls played for the perennial state champion Pine View, who moved to 4A last year because of the size of their school. Since then, Desert Hills was built and added to the 3A division, making the road to the state title much more difficult.

Still, the Miners were able to compete with Desert Hills and the other schools in the tournament, with Ali McMahon taking first in No. 1 singles. The No. 2 doubles team of Hilary Packham and Kristen Albrecht and No. 3 singles player Stormy Dvorak each took second in the tournament.

This is the senior season for Lori McMahon’s daughter, Ali, and the coach is expecting big things from her. She has already proven she can beat Desert Hills and McMahon expects that only Paige Miles of Juan Diego could stand in her path in her quest for the No.1 singles individual state title.

She is also expecting big things from her No. 1 doubles team of Callie Wells and Alex Oriente who played together last year at the No. 2 doubles spot.

"They play so well together and know they have experience," McMahon said.

She is also hoping for a lot of success from Packham and Albrecht. Packham is a senior and Albrecht decided to play tennis this year instead of soccer this fall, and should bring a lot of athleticism to the position.

"They’re going to get better and better," McMahon said.

No. 3 singles player Dvorak made the move from the junior varsity team to varsity this year and has already established herself as a force at the position. McMahon said that she was a top player on the junior varsity squad and expects her to do the same on varsity.

Tessa Wray, playing at the No. 2 singles spot, lost her opening match and had to default for the rest of the tournament due to a foot injury. McMahon expects her to return to the team late this week.

The Miners also faced a strong Bountiful squad and a good team from Sky View as well as Ogden, Highland, Mountain Crest, and the host school, Logan. McMahon welcomed the chance to play so many quality teams so early in the season.

"It gives you opportunity to see what you do well and what you need to work on for the season," McMahon said.

The Park City junior varsity team also did well. The duo of Annabelle Werling and Katherine Young took first place and Lexie Labertew and Emily Gardner took second.

The Miners will be in action again this week when they travel to play Region 10 opponent Uintah on Thursday.


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