Lady Devils tennis split matches with South Sevier, Richfield at home
by Jeff Richards
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Grand’s Julia Crane returns a serve during her No. 1 doubles match against South Sevier on Aug. 29. 			    Photo by Jeff Richards
Grand’s Julia Crane returns a serve during her No. 1 doubles match against South Sevier on Aug. 29. Photo by Jeff Richards

The Grand County High School girls’ tennis team played two home matches on Tuesday, Aug. 29, with the Lady Devils beating South Sevier 4-1 in the morning, but losing 0-5 to Richfield later that afternoon.

Against South Sevier, Grand won all three of its varsity singles matches. GCHS junior Jamie Day defeated her opponent in first singles, 6-0, 6-0. In second singles, sophomore Kiersten Kimmerle won 6-4, 6-3. In No. 3 singles, junior Annie Kopell won 6-0, 6-2.

The Lady Devils lost in No. 1 doubles, however, as junior London Richards and sophomore Julia Crane were edged in the first set, 5-7, after coming within a single point of winning the set. They then dropped the second set, 3-6.

In No. 2 doubles, however, GCHS freshmen Maara Holyoak and Kyla Jackman came back from a 3-6 loss in the first set to win the next two, 6-4, 6-2, and capture the match.

Later that afternoon, amid triple-digit temperatures, the Lady Devils struggled against the Richfield Wildcats, who won all five matches in straight sets.

Against Richfield, Day lost in No. 1 singles, 4-6, 4-6, while Kimmerle lost in No. 2 singles, 2-6, 3-6, and Kopell lost in No. 3 singles, 0-6, 0-6.

Richards and Crane lost their No. 1 doubles match to the Lady Wildcats by a score of 3-6, 2-6. Holyoak and Jackman lost 0-6, 3-6.

“We played really well against South Sevier,” said GCHS head coach Skylar Johnson. “Richfield has a very experienced team and we seemed to run out of energy toward the end of the day. We have had a good week of practice and we are looking for a strong last half of our season, starting at Emery and Millard this week.

The Lady Devils are now 1-3 in Region 15 play, with three matches remaining in the regular season.

After traveling to play Emery at Castle Dale the morning of Thursday, Sept. 7, the Lady Devils will travel to Millard to face the Lady Eagles that same afternoon, starting at 3 p.m.

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