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PCHS boys’ tennis sweeps Union at home

Park City No. 1 singles player David Payne sends a backhand shot over the net during a match earlier this season.

After two weeks without a match due to a pair of weather-related cancellations, the Park City High School boys’ tennis team was finally able to return to the court on Thursday afternoon at the PC MARC.

Taking on Union, a Region 10 opponent, the Miners shook off the rust quickly and cruised to a 6-0 victory.

At No. 1 singles, David Payne won his match over Union’s Holden Hullinger 6-3, 6-0. At No. 2 singles, Park City’s Cole Lee defeated Devin Bennett 6-2, 6-0 and at No. 3 singles, Connor Burke won in straight sets over Luke Price, 6-2, 6-2.

In the No. 1 doubles match, Brennan French and Spencer Kunkel defeated Brian Spencer and Gavin Henrie of Union 6-2, 6-0. At No. 2 doubles, Jack Lecher and Jack Wright took down Evan Percival and Spencer Embleton 6-0, 6-0 and at No. 3 doubles, Park City’s Hans Nilsson and Trevor Feldkircher cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Union’s Hayden Henrie and Colton Denver.

Park City Coach Tamarin Espinoza said she was pleased the Miners didn’t miss a beat after two weeks off from competition.

"They’ve been practicing hard — all the practices have gone really well," she said. "We’ve had a chance to work on a few things. Seeing them come out today and put some things together has been really great."

Espinoza said a match against Union isn’t easy to prepare for since the Cougars don’t have a set style of play.

"Union is a good team," she said. "They get a lot of balls back and it’s unexpected — you never know what’s coming at you. In that area [Roosevelt and Vernal], they’re starting to build a tennis program. You never know what’s coming and you have to be prepared for absolutely anything with these guys."

Though Park City was missing doubles player Charlie Lambert on Thursday, Espinoza said the match was still a good measuring stick for the Miners.

"Honestly, we just kind of wanted to see where Park City stands in region," she said. "It’s looking like, once again, it’s going to come down to Park City and Grantsville. I know they have one really great [singles] player, but come April 11, we’re going to see a whole new side. I wish I knew more, but it should be interesting. We’ll see how we stack up."

The Miners returned to the court on Friday at Stansbury, after this issue went to press, in a makeup match for one of the two that was canceled by weather issues. Espinoza said Park City would be without Lambert, Lee and Wright, but that she still expected a strong showing.

"We played [Stansbury] last year and I think it was a pretty decent match," she said. "We’re not going to have a lot of the guys we normally do, so it’s going to be about getting a lot of different people playing time and seeing how it shakes out."

Park City’s next home match is scheduled for Monday, April 11, against Grantsville. The match will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the PC MARC.

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