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Tennis squad heads to state tourney

With the 3A state tennis match scheduled for Friday and Saturday, the Park City High School girls’ tennis squad enters this week with its confidence at an all-time high.

The Miners cruised through the Region 10 regular season, with all three singles players winning every match they played. The doubles teams played well, too, with the exception of the two matches against Grantsville.

But, last week, the No. 1 doubles team of Marina Mayo and Julianna Signor broke through the Grantsville barrier, defeating the Cowboys 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 at the Region 10 tournament, helping the Miners win the overall title.

"It was monumental," Park City Coach Tamarin Espinoza said of the No. 1 doubles performance. "We’ve been practicing being more aggressive — they’d been nervous and tentative. Marina was a monster at the net and Julianna was running everything down. They stepped up in a big way and played in a way I hadn’t seen them play yet."

Alongside No. 1 singles player Livi Rockwood’s and No. 2 singles Gabby Rockwood’s identical 6-0, 6-1 victories, and No. 3 singles Taylor Matz’s 6-2, 7-5 win, the Miners did enough to win the region title and build their confidence heading into the state tournament this weekend at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.

"We’ll go into the state tournament with the Region 10 No. 1 seed in four of five spots," Espinoza said. "We just need to keep working on the things we’ve been working on and we’re going to focus on the aggression."

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By earning the region’s No. 1 seeds in four of five spots, the Miners will likely avoid meeting Grantsville and Desert Hills, two of the top 3A teams in the state, until the finals, if they meet at all. Grantsville earned four Region 10 No. 2 seeds and one Region 10 No. 1 seed (in No. 2 doubles). Espinoza said she doesn’t know much about Logan, but said that team could cause some problems, too.

Overall, though, Espinoza said the Miners are eager to get started at the 3A tournament. After a second-place finish to Pine View last year, the Miners are excited to attempt to finish first this year. With a week between the Region 10 final and the start of state, she said it’ll be important to keep the energy levels high.

"It’s really exciting," she said. "We have a very good team. The girls are excited. Three of our players haven’t done this before (the Rockwoods and No. 2 doubles player Marisa Zanetti). It’s a little nerve-wracking, even for the seasoned players, but they’re excited and want to get there and get playing."

The 3A state tournament at Liberty Park will be held Oct. 9-10, with champions to be decided on Oct. 10. Visit http://www.uhsaa.org for tournament brackets.