Lady Devils edged by San Juan in tennis
by Jeff Richards
The Times-Independent
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Senior Sarah Day of Grand serves the ball against San Juan on Sept. 13. 			Photo by Jeff Richards
Senior Sarah Day of Grand serves the ball against San Juan on Sept. 13. Photo by Jeff Richards

The Grand County High School girls tennis team narrowly lost to San Juan at Moab on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

The Lady Devils won both of their doubles matches but lost all three of their singles matches, so San Juan finished with a 3-2 edge.

In No. 1 doubles, sisters Sarah and Jamie Day lost their first set 4-6, but came back to win the second, 6-4. The third and deciding set was delayed a half hour due to lightning, but after play resumed the Days went on to sweep the third set, 6-0.

In No. 2 doubles, GCHS sophomore London Richards and her freshman partner Kiersten Kimmerle defeated their opponents in straight sets, 6-6 (7-0), 6-4.

In No. 1 singles, sophomore Annie Kopell lost 0-6, 1-6, while junior Charly Koehler lost 2-6, 1-6 in No. 2 singles. Freshman Julia Crane lost her No. 3 singles match in similar fashion, 2-6, 1-6.

This week, the Lady Devils are hosting the 2A Southern Divisional championships, a two-day tournament that starts at noon on Thursday, Sept 22 and continues through Friday, Sept. 23.

GCHS head coach Brian Ballard says the Lady Devils are looking forward to hosting the divisional tournament and are hoping to qualify for state.

“There are eight teams in our division, and the top four finishers in each bracket qualify for state,” Ballard said, adding, “Both of our doubles teams I think have a very good shot.”

The state 1A/2A tournament is Friday, Sept. 30 at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.

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