PCHS girls’ tennis wraps up busy week
September 20, 2013
From St. George to Roosevelt to a home match on Thursday afternoon at the PC MARC, the Park City High School girls’ tennis team has played a lot of tennis since defeating Uintah at home last Thursday afternoon.
But, rather than looking tired, it looked like the extra work paid off against Morgan. The Miners won every match in a convincing 5-0 victory.
No. 1 singles player Solveig Karlsen lost her first set to the No. 1 player from Morgan, but battled back to win sets two and three 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 singles player Dani Lecher, No. 3 singles Jessica Santos and both doubles teams, including No. 1 doubles partners Kylie Schwalbe and McKenna Tychsen all won their matches as well.
Park City coach Tim Donnelly said he’s happy with the way the entire team is performing heading into the last region match at Juan Diego next Thursday.
"We’re tracking very positively," he said. "But although we’ve had some good wins within our region, we’re trying not to get too confident. We still understand that there’s a lot of work left to be done."
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On Tuesday afternoon, Park City claimed another 5-0 region victory, defeating Union in Roosevelt.
"Out of 14 matches [five varsity, nine JV], we won 119 games versus Union’s 22 games," Donnelly said. "We used this a lot like practice, which was a very mature thing to see them do that. I couldn’t have been happier with the team’s performance."
But the Miners’ best performance of the past week may have been at the Duel in the Desert tournament in St. George last weekend. Donnelly said everything about the trip was a positive for his squad.
"St. George was a fantastic experience for the whole team," he said. "It was a good team-bonding exercise."
After arriving late on Thursday night, the Miners had to play early Friday morning. In the 16-team tournament, there were four brackets with four teams each. Park City was paired with Judge Memorial, Olympus and Mountain Crest.
Donnelly said the toughest challenge of Friday came from Judge, a team the Miners are very familiar with.
"We’ve played Judge twice already, and won quite convincingly," he said. "They came out with a lot more fire this last match, but we held them off and won again."
Paired with wins against the other two teams, Park City advanced to the championship bracket of the tournament on Saturday. There, the Miners met another Olympus team and a Woods Cross squad.
"[The Olympus match] was very, very competitive, very hard-fought," Donnelly said. "Unfortunately, we couldn’t pull that one off. Then we played Woods Cross for third place and it came down to one match, and we ended up losing. We were better on many lines, we had some big victories and some very aggressive tennis, especially by the singles players. The doubles were much tighter. We ended up losing the doubles."
But the fourth-place finish was nothing to be disappointed about, Donnelly said.
"It was still an incredible performance," he said. "I’m very happy with that."
The JV squad fared even better in St. George, claiming second-place overall.
"I always knew we had a good junior varsity team," Donnelly said. "It’s just good to get the validation like this."
Next, the Miners will take on Juan Diego in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The region tournament will take place the following week, also hosted by Juan Diego.
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