Tennis team hits stride in busy week

Kasey Kemp competes against a young but enthusiastic San Juan Broncos team.
Photo by Anthony Militano

The Grand County boys tennis team had a busy up and down week on the court. The Red Devils traveled to Richfield on Tuesday morning, March 26 and lost every singles and doubles match to the Wildcats.

Grand then visited South Sevier High School in Monroe that afternoon and had positive results against the Rams. As a team, Grand went 3-2 in South Sevier. Kai Wainer won his singles match 6-1, 6-1. Soren Indegard picked up a singles win, 6-1, 6-0. Cody Johnston and Braxten Pierce won their doubles match 6-1, 6-0. Hayden Lance lost his singles match 6-3, 6-7, 4-6, and Kawika Ho and Joey Lacy lost their doubles match 3-6, 3-6.

The team played its first home match of the season Thursday, March 28 against the San Juan Broncos and won all of its matches against a young San Juan Broncos team. Grand had a record of 5-0 with three singles wins, one doubles win, and a doubles forfeit.

The Red Devils attended the Uintah Invitational in Vernal on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30. Grand lost 2-3 to the Tooele White Buffalos, the Union Cougars, and the Uintah Utes. The team beat the Stansbury Stallions 3-2. The Red Devils had the best results against the Carbon Dinos, going 4-1, and won all singles and doubles matches. As a team, Grand did have to forfeit every third singles match in the tournament.

Wainer won each of his singles matches at the Uintah Invitational. He beat Tooele 8-4, Stansbury 8-3, Carbon 8-1, Union 8-3 and Uintah 8-6.

Johnston had a mixed record at the meet. He lost to Uintah 4-8 and Tooele 3-8, but he beat Stansbury and Carbon 8-2.

Braxten Pierce and Kasey Kemp won all of their doubles matches in the tournament. Pierce/Kemp beat Uintah, and Stansbury 8-3, Carbon 8-1, and Tooele 8-6. The team of Pierce/Johnston beat Union 8-3.