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PCHS tennis team edges Judge Memorial

Zach Johnson returns a Judge Memorial shot as No. 1 doubles partner Graham Petersen looks on. The Park City High School tennis team hosted Judge Memorial at the PC MARC on Monday afternoon, winning the match 3-2. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record

After losing to a Judge Memorial opponent at a St. George tournament in March, Park City High School senior Matt Groy was determined to get his revenge on the tennis court.

He got his chance on Monday afternoon at the PC MARC, when the Miners hosted the Bulldogs in their second home match of the season.

Groy took care of business, cruising to a 6-1, 6-3, straight-set victory in the No. 1 singles matchup to lead PCHS to a 3-2 match win.

"It’s good to get that win back," Groy said. "I think this was a great way to start building momentum and start playing like I should."

PCHS sophomore Rawson Simmons, the No. 2 singles player, edged his opponent in a hard-fought match, 6-3, 7-6, and the No. 2 doubles team of seniors JT Mellecker and Brian Tillman battled their way to a three-set victory, 1-6, 6-2, 7-5.

However, the No. 1 doubles team of junior Graham Petersen and senior Zach Jackson fell to the Bulldogs, 6-1, 6-3. No. 3 singles player Jason Barth also lost his match, forcing a third set before losing 6-4.

With the 3-2 win, Groy said the team is building momentum for the region tournament, which will be held at the PC MARC on May 3 and 4.

"We have a good chance at region if everyone can play up to their potential," he said. "As long as we keep focus, we not only have a good chance at region, we have a good chance of going deep in state."

He added that having the region tournament in Park City will benefit the Miners.

"It’s a lot of fun," he said. "We’ll get some Park City kids out here and show the home crowd some good tennis."

But, Groy said, there are still some areas of his game he’d like to improve before the Miners get to the region tourney.

"I didn’t go to the net a lot," he said. "I was a little nervous up there because of the (weeklong spring) break last week. I need to keep moving up there."

Overall, though, he’s happy with where his game is going.

"I really felt good today," he said. "I just need to keep doing well the things I did well today."

Park City was scheduled to play on Tuesday afternoon (after this issue went to press) against Uintah at the PC MARC.

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