Miners finish second in 3A tennis
Last year, the Park City High School girls’ tennis team surprised many around the state by defeating Pine View for the 3A state title. This weekend, in Salt Lake City, Pine View got its revenge, taking down Park City en route to the championship.
Pine View won all three singles titles, starting with No. 1 singles player Lacy Hancock. Though Park City advanced all its singles players and both its doubles teams to the semifinals, it wasn’t enough to eclipse Pine View’s 17 total points. The Miners finished second with 14 points.
Despite the second-place finish, Park City coach Tamarin Espinoza said she was proud of the way the Miners played all weekend.
"They played really well," she said. "Everyone stepped up, especially on day one. They played their hearts out. Day two just got a little daunting."
No. 1 singles player Taylor Matz was handed a tough draw for the tournament, meeting up with Hancock in the semifinals instead of the finals. Though Matz lost the match 6-0, 6-2, Espinoza said she saw some things that give her hope the freshman can win a couple state titles in the future.
"You can’t really control the outcome of the draw," she said. "But Taylor had a really good match against Lacy."
On a team also featuring freshman Julianna Signor, Espionza said she has high hopes for next year.
"Taylor did phenomenally," she said. "And Julianna got better as the year went on."
Add in the return of Kylie Schwalbe and Marina Mayo and Espinoza thinks the Miners have what it takes to challenge for another title next year.
"The fact that we have Marina for another year is huge," she said. "She’s a natural leader and a hard worker."
But replacing the three seniors Natalie Beal, Jessica Santos and Sierra Wakefield won’t be easy.
"They brought something to the table that not a lot of people can," Espinoza said. "We had seniors and freshmen working well together. The seniors really took the freshmen under their wings. It was a fun dynamic."
3A Tennis State Championship
No. 1 singles: Lacy Hancock def. Taylor Matz, 6-0, 6-2
No. 2 singles: Bailie Sandberg def. Kylie Schwalbe, 6-2, 0-6, 6-4
No. 3 singles: Jessica Santos def. Olivia Shakespeare, 6-3, 6-4
No. 1 doubles: Kenedi Cooper/Savannah Topham def. Natalie Beal/Julianna Signor, 6-2, 6-7, 6-2
No. 2 doubles: Marina Mayo/Sierra Wakefield def. Becca Toone/Lexi Jackson, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
No. 3 singles: Hattie Erekson def. Jessica Santos, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
No. 2 doubles: Kelli Stovall/Rachel Barney def. Marina Mayo/Sierra Wakefield, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
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The Miners kicked off their summer offseason program to gear up for the new challenge that awaits them in Class 5A.