VARSITY REGION TOURNAMENT
In the first week of August a mother of one of our new players told us that when her daughter went to practice she could just feel the electricity. Hopefully, this electricity is because of the love of tennis, and in the hearts of those on our team who just love to compete. Further, we hope that those who have been on the team have set the example to the new comers. Last week the electricity was certainly felt at the JV tournament and it did carry over to the Varsity region the past two days. Wasatch was amazing. We showed a lot of heart and fight during these matches. Sure we suffered from the pressure of the events but in most cases we bounced back. The most important thing is all of our girls qualified to go to state. As long as we have been coaching here this is the first time everyone qualified. We are very proud of all these young ladies.. Results are as follows:
#1 Singles Alysha Damron. Because she finished dual matches with only one loss she was seeded #2 and had a bye. In the second round she played Provo and won easily. This moved her to the finals where she played her old nemesis and friend Emma Templeman. Alysha lost to her at Springville in our first region match. Alysha was on fire here and was not to be denied. Alysha won 6-4 & 6-3. Of course this means a #1 seed at state.
#2 Singles Emma Santiago had the same scenario as Alysha. The only dual meet she lost was to Kelsey Corfiled from Springville. She had a bye in the first round but played Provo in the second and won easily. She now has to play Kelsey in the finals again. Interesting to note that the first time Emma played her in Springville, she had her down 2-5 in the third and eventually lost 7-5. Emma won the first set easily at 6-2 but Springville stopped over hitting and settled down and won the second. During the ten minute break, I think she got advice from Bill Damron, Abby Wagstaff and her father. As told to me, her father said the right thing to her and she just played with the right intensity and determination and won. Emma will also go to state as a #1 seed
#3 Singles Mallory Neuberger. Mallory went all thru dual meets and was undefeated. She went to regions as #1 seed and had a bye first round. Maple Mountain was up first in round two. The first set was an awful lot of breaks on both sides. Maple Mountain was stroking the ball well and moving really well. As a result we lost the first set. The second Mallory started stroking the ball harder and with a lot of confidence and won 6-2. The third set continued on and we won 6-1. Next round was a girl from Skyridge. Skyridge just kept it coming and played very well. We lost this match but because of her dual matches Mallory will go to state as a #2 seed.
#1 Doubles: Rebecca McGregor/Cassie Henderson. We were a #3 seed so we played a first round against Timpanogos. We played well and won 6-2 & 6-1. Next round we played Springville. They beat us 6-2 & 6-2 the first time. This was a really good match and we played them really well. We eventually lost 6-4 & 6-4. In the consolation finals we played Maple Mountain. Earlier we beat them on their court in straight sets. It seemed that everything went Maple Mountains way. The sun got to us a little and we double faulted more than we want to. Rebecca was under the weather and that did not help us either. We eventually lost .
#2 Doubles Anna Snow/Melissa Blotter. They also went in as a #3 seed. Should have been #2 but it was a three way tie and the tie breaker rules went against us. First round we played Timpanogos and won 6-0, 6-0. Second round we played Skyridge which is a very good team. When we played them at Wasatch it was probably the best tennis our girls played all year and we beat them in straight sets. Different story in regions though. We came out on fire and won the first set. Nerves got to us and we lost the next two. Now in the consolation we played Provo. Earlier in dual matches we just barely beat them in three sets. However, in regions we beat them handily in straight sets. We are now playing for third seed against Maple Mountain. Wasatch won the first set but the second we had trouble with the sun and had more doubles faults then we wanted and lost the second. During the ten minute break Anna & Melissa stayed on the court and practiced their strokes. We changed our rotation of service and Melissa took the sunny side. Everything worked in the third set. We won this set 6-2 and will be seeded #3 in state.
The 5A State tournament will be held at Liberty Park this Thursday and Friday.