Tennis team wins two divisional matches
by Jeff Richards
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The Grand County High School boys tennis team won two divisional matches on the road last week, defeating both Wasatch Academy and Delta on Tuesday, April 4.

The Red Devils first played Wasatch Academy at Mount Pleasant that morning, winning four out of five matches, according to head coach Skylar Johnson.

Grand won both of its doubles matches against the Tigers, with junior Elton Kunze-Jones and sophomore Tanner Mascaro teaming up for a straight-set win in No. 1 doubles, 6-3, 6-1. In No. 2 doubles, junior Cody Johnston and freshman Hayden Lance also won handily, 6-2, 6-2.

In No. 1 singles, GCHS sophomore Kai Wainer lost 2-6, 2-6, but fellow sophomore Kasey Kemp won in No. 2 singles, 7-6 (8-6 tiebreaker), 6-1. In No. 3 singles, sophomore Braxten Pierce needed three sets, including a tiebreaker in the final set, to come away with a 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5 tiebreaker) victory.

Immediately following the Wasatch Academy contest, the Red Devils traveled out to Delta, where they faced the Rabbits that afternoon. Grand also defeated the Delta team 4-1, with the Red Devils winning all three singles matches as well as the No. 1 doubles match.

In No. 1 singles against Delta, Wainer outlasted his opponent in a close match, winning 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 7-6 (8-6). Kemp had an easier time winning in No. 2 singles, winning 6-0, 6-4. Pierce also won his No. 3 singles match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.

In No. 1 doubles vs. Delta, Kunze-Jones and Mascaro rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 victory. In No. 2 doubles, Johnston teamed with freshman Soren Indergard, losing 2-6, 2-6.

After a week off for spring break, the Red Devils will play their first home matches of the season next week. Grand will host Manti on Tuesday, April 18 starting at 2 p.m., and will also host both South Sevier and Gunnison on Thursday, April 20, with the matches starting at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively.

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