Although the Devils and the Broncos were close in almost all of their matches, San Juan managed to pull ahead to take home a 4-1 victory.
The Red Devils’ loss was due, in part, to the Broncos’ consistent play on the courts, said GCHS head tennis coach Ed DeFrancia.
“The [Broncos] are very consistent. They just keep hitting the ball back,” DeFrancia said. ‘We were close all the way, but in the end we just made too many mistakes.”
Grand’s sole victory in the overall contest came from GCHS junior Elijah Stocks, the Red Devils’ No. 1 singles player. Stocks handily won his match in two sets, 6-2, 6-2.
“Elijah played smart tennis,” said DeFrancia.
The Red Devils’ No. 2 singles player, junior Alec Tatton, played well against a tough competitor but ultimately lost the contest, DeFrancia said. Tatton lost his first set in a tie-break game. He won the second set 6-2 but lost the third set, 6-3.
Grand’s No. 3 singles player, sophomore Tommy DeWit, lost both sets, 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles play, Mack Sherrill and Josh Lowry, the Red Devils’ No. 1 singles team, played well against the Broncos early on, but faded in the second set. The pair won their first set in a tiebreak but lost their second set, 6-0. In the third set, the Red Devil doubles team was down by the score of 6-5 before breaking the Broncos’ serve to advance to a tiebreak. In that hard-fought final game, the Red Devils ended up losing the third set by the score of 7-4.
“They’re still figuring out how to play [together], but they’re a very good team,” said DeFrancia.
The Red Devils’ No. 2 doubles team of Derek Johnson and Austin Aubrey lost their two sets, 6-3, 6-1. However, the pair worked well together and could become an excellent doubles team by the end of the season, DeFrancia said.
“We could’ve won. The matches were very close, but they went the other way,” DeFrancia said of the Grand’s overall performance in Tuesday’s contest.
An April 3 planned match against Delta was rescheduled for Wednesday, April 23.
This week, the Red Devils were scheduled to play Manti and Gunnison on the road on Tuesday, April 8 and will next compete at home against Wasatch Academy on Friday, April 11.