Seven Lady Devil tennis players qualify for state
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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GCHS junior Robin Willscheidt plays a No. 3 singles match against a Manti opponent on Sept. 26. Willscheidt took second place in the 2A Southern Division tournament in Moab on Sept. 27 and qualified, along with the other six members of the varsity tennis squad, for the state tournament.  Courtesy photo
GCHS junior Robin Willscheidt plays a No. 3 singles match against a Manti opponent on Sept. 26. Willscheidt took second place in the 2A Southern Division tournament in Moab on Sept. 27 and qualified, along with the other six members of the varsity tennis squad, for the state tournament. Courtesy photo
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The Grand County High School tennis team will take seven athletes to the state tournament. Last week, on Friday, Sept. 27, all of the squad’s varsity players placed at the 2A Southern Division tournament in Moab.

Grand finished third overall as a team. The San Juan Lady Broncos took first place in the division tournament and Manti placed second. The marathon seven-team tournament lasted from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m.

“Everyone played so well,” said GCHS head coach Brian Ballard. “We’re a young team, but these girls are just fantastic. They played so well.”

Grand’s No. 1 singles player, Kayla Weston, finished third in her bracket, as did teammate Brityn Ballard in No. 2 singles. Both are sophomores. The Lady Devils’ No. 3 singles player, junior Robin Willscheidt, played her way into the divisional finals, where she took second place.

Grand’s two doubles teams – Jacey Johnson and Cora Johnston playing No. 1 doubles, and Madi Stocks and Shalia Harmison at No. 2 doubles – each took fourth at region.

All seven girls will compete in their respective brackets at the 1A/2A state tournament Saturday, Oct. 5 at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.

Grand also played Manti on Thursday, Sept. 6. The Lady Templars won the overall varsity match, 3-2, with Brityn Ballard narrowly losing her No. 2 singles match on a tiebreaker. Grand had a total of 15 players compete in the Manti match.

“Even though we didn’t beat Manti, it didn’t matter all that much as far as division tournament the next day,” coach Ballard said. “I’m just thrilled that everyone on the team qualified for state, and am hoping we have a strong showing in Salt Lake this weekend.”

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