PCHS tennis squad ties Grantsville again
On Sept. 3, the Park City High School girls’ tennis team traveled to Grantsville, a new Region 10 opponent, and came away with a 3-3 split. In that match, all three Park City singles players cruised to wins, while all three doubles teams lost tough matches.
On Tuesday afternoon at the PC MARC, the two teams squared off again and ended the match with the same result — a 3-3 draw. Again, the three Park City singles players dominated their matches and the three doubles teams lost.
Tuesday’s match saw No. 1 singles Livi Rockwood, No. 2 Gabby Rockwood and No. 3 Taylor Matz win by even bigger margins than they did at Grantsville — Livi Rockwood won 6-0, 6-0, Gabby Rockwood won 6-1, 6-1, and Matz earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
The No. 1 doubles team of Marina Mayo and Julianna Signor lost 6-4, 6-3, the No. 2 team of Marisa Zanetti and Caileigh Lydon lost 6-2, 6-1 and the No. 3 team of Tushig Tsogtbaatar and Emma Pensky lost 6-2, 6-3.
Park City Coach Tamarin Espinoza said the doubles teams seemed to be a little nervous facing Grantsville on Tuesday.
"Honestly, our doubles were a little flatter than they were in Grantsville," she said. "They’re a good team, but we knew that coming in. The balls come in a little faster — they’re making them move and making them think. The speed of the point is kind of what gets them."
The doubles teams potentially have one more shot to beat Grantsville when the Region 10 tournament starts on Oct. 1. Espinoza said she’s confident the girls have the talent to take down their region rivals.
"Our doubles teams are beating who they should be beating," she said. "They’re just not able to rise above right now. They do it in practice and against every other opponent, though, so I think now, for them, it’s a mental thing. They’ve got to shift gears. They’ve got the tools, I know, because they have these shining moments where it comes out."
On the singles side, Espinoza said the Miners need to ensure they stay focused on the big goal — a state title. But, she added, she doesn’t foresee that being a problem.
"I don’t have to do much — that’s all them," she said. "It’s their goal. It’s something they all want and something they expect of themselves."
Park City will play one more match, a non-region affair against Bonneville, before the Region 10 tournament begins Oct. 1 in Tooele. That match, which will feature varsity players only, will take place at the PC MARC at 4 p.m. on Sept. 29.
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