Miners top Stansbury in tough region match
Park City surrenders a point to the Stallions in doubles play
After beating Grantsville 6-0 in the first match of the season, the Park City High School boys’ tennis team returned home on Thursday afternoon for a region match with Stansbury at the PC MARC.
The Stallions registered just a single point at last year’s UHSAA 3A state championship tournament, but to the surprise of the Miners, Stansbury put up a decent fight. Park City’s head coach Hunter Nicholas said the contest was a wake-up call for his team, even though it won the match 5-1.
“They presented some problems for us today,” Nicholas said on Thursday. “It came as a bit of a surprise to a lot of our guys. I talked with the [Stansbury] coach before and they’ve had a pretty good season to this point already. I think they’ve won three matches already and won a tournament out in Riverton.”
The Miners were led by their singles play, where Cole Lee (6-0, 6-0), Spencer Kunkel (6-0, 6-2) and Connor Burke (6-0, 6-0) swept the No. 1, 2 and 3 singles matches, respectively.
The doubles play is where Park City found its issues. In the No. 1 doubles slot, the Miners needed three sets to sneak by Stansbury, while the No. 2 team fell in straight sets. Although the No. 3 team won to push Park City’s score to five points, Nicholas knows this is an area the Miners need to work on.
“It’s ultimately our guys kind of learning where to be and when out on the doubles court,” Nicholas said. “A lot of these guys, some of these freshmen, that have come on are good players, but just haven’t had that experience on the doubles court.”
Prior to the season’s start, Nicholas believed Grantsville would be the team’s toughest competition in Region 10. His opinion changed after the Thursday matches.
“Hard to say this early, absolutely after two matches, that was our tougher match,” Nicholas said. “I think they’re definitely one of the toughest teams in our region.”
Nicholas believes a “tough” match for his team will be good for it down the road.
“It was a little tougher than we anticipated, but it’s good for our guys,” Nicholas said. “It keeps them humble and motivated. It keeps them working and allows them to kind of understand that we’ve got things to work on.”
The Miners will be moving forward this weekend, when they will participate in the Elite Tennis Classic at Mountain View High School on Saturday, where the top two teams from 3A, 4A and 5A from last season will duke it out in the battle of early-season supremacy.
One of the biggest draws the tournament has for Park City is the team will get to see Juan Diego, the only team to beat the Miners at the 3A state championship last season. The Miners usually don’t see Juan Diego until the championship.
“It’ll be really good competition for us,” Nicholas said. “I’m very excited about that.”
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