The Grand County High School girls’ tennis team lost both of its first two matches of the season on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Playing on the road at Manti that morning, the Lady Devils fell to the Lady Templars, 4-1. Later that afternoon at North Sanpete, the Lady Hawks swept Grand County, 5-0.
Grand junior Jamie Day won her No. 1 singles match at Manti in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, giving the Lady Devils their only win of the day.
In No. 2 singles against Manti, Grand sophomore Kiersten Kimmerle lost 2-6, 1-6. In No. 3 singles, junior Annie Kopell lost 1-6, 2-6.
In No. 1 doubles against Manti, junior London Richards and sophomore Julia Crane lost 2-6, 5-7. In No. 2 doubles, freshman Maara Holyoak and sophomore Jordyn Reidhead lost 1-6, 1-6.
“We had some close matches and it seemed like our players got better as the matches went on,” said GCHS head coach Skylar Johnson. “Our nerves and lack of experience seemed to give us slow starts, even though most finished strong.”
Later that afternoon, in Mount Pleasant, the Lady Devils struggled against a strong Lady Hawks team, in addition to battling gusty winds throughout the match.
Day lost her No. 1 singles match, 2-6, 0-6, while Kimmerle battled her opponent in second singles to a third set before falling 6-2, 6-2, 3-6.
Holyoak took the No. 3 singles slot at North Sanpete, losing 0-6, 4-6.
In first doubles, Richards and Crane were swept 0-6, 0-6, while Kopell and Reidhead lost their No. 2 doubles match, 0-6, 4-6.
“Manti and North Sanpete are both strong teams with seniors in most positions,” Johnson said. “These will likely be our toughest region matches we’ll play this season.”
This week, the Lady Devils are scheduled to play a pair of home region matches on Tuesday, Aug. 29. After facing South Sevier at 10:30 a.m., Grand is scheduled to play the Richfield Wildcats at 3:30 p.m.