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PCHS tennis places second in Region 10

Park City s David Payne returns a shot from Grantsville s Tytan Thurgood during the Region 10 final on Friday at the PC MARC.

The Park City High School boys’ tennis team has gotten quite familiar with the Grantsville squad this season. After defeating the Cowboys 4-2 earlier this season at the PC MARC, the Miners split with their rivals 3-3 last Tuesday afternoon.

On Friday, the two squads met up again, this time at the Region 10 Championships at the MARC. Despite all five region teams attending the event, the Miners and Cowboys met in all six finals. This time, the Cowboys bested Park City, earning a 4-2 win to claim the title.

With illness and AP testing taking their toll on the Park City squad, Coach Tamarin Espinoza said the Miners had a lackluster performance Friday.

"It was competitive, there was just one little thing missing that we have to find this week going into state," she said. "It’s just a little something extra they need to find within themselves. Every single one of these guys has the talent to beat anyone."

No. 1 singles player David Payne fell to Tytan Thurgood in three sets, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1. No. 2 singles Cole Lee dropped his match 6-1, 6-1 to Grantsville’s Matt Waldron. At the No. 1 doubles spot, Park City’s Spencer Kunkel and Charlie Lambert fell to Nate Beckett and Isaac Hamm 1-6, 6-3, 7-5. In the No. 3 doubles final, Park City’s Hans Nilsson and Jack Wright lost to Logan Hill and Peter Kurtz 6-1, 6-3.

The Miners’ victories came at No. 3 singles, where Connor Burke defeated Seth Beckett 6-2, 6-1, and at No. 2 doubles, where Jack Lecher and Brennan French took down Parker Wyatt and Andrew Dalton 6-4, 7-5.

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Espinoza said the most exciting match of the day was the No. 1 doubles match with Kunkel and Lambert.

"Every year, [region] comes down to one match," she said. "This year, it came down to No. 1 doubles. They had won every meeting against Grantsville this year so far, but didn’t get this one. Grantsville’s a good team, especially that No. 1 doubles team. We just couldn’t hang on on Friday."

Despite the disappointing region results, Espinoza said the Miners still have high hopes for the 3A state tournament.

"As a team, our goal is to get as many boys as possible through day one," she said. "Right now, it’s possible in every single draw. Cole is going to have the toughest draw of all [potentially facing Juan Diego’s Connor Kempin in the second round], but it’s not impossible. They just have to believe in themselves and fight for every single point. That’s something we didn’t see in region. They didn’t give up, but they got complacent."

The 3A tournament begins on Friday in St. George. Espinoza hopes the Miners are rested and recovered by the time they play on the state stage. She said they’ll hopefully be less stressed from finals and AP testing by then.

"I’m thankful I have a smart team, but scheduling right now is tough," she laughed. "They just have to take care of themselves and make sure they’re getting sleep and eating well."

If Park City is at full strength, Espinoza said the Miners can compete with top 3A squads like Juan Diego, Logan, Grantsville and Desert Hills, among others.

"We have a chance to be in that top four," she said. "My hope is that we are in there and I want to see these guys fight for it. They’re a team and every single one of them is going to need to play their part."

The 3A state tournament is scheduled for Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, in St. George.