Tennis: Red Devils host region 15 qualifier

Kemp & Pierce proving to be dynamic duo

Braxten Pierce sets up for the power serve against Richfield. Pierce is one half of Grand County’s power doubles duo of Kemp and Pierce. Last week Kasey Kemp and Pierce only lost one match and they were the only Red Devils to win a match against Richfield and Manti. Photo by Anthony Militano

The Grand County boy’s tennis team had a busy week with mixed results. The team went to San Juan on Tuesday, April 23 and beat the Broncos 5-0. Kai Wainer won first singles 6-0, 6-0. Soren Indegard won second singles 6-1, 6-1. Cody Johnston took third singles 6-0, 6-0. Braxten Pierce and Kasey Kemp took first doubles 6-0, 6-0 and San Juan forfeited the second doubles match.

The Red Devils faced the Richfield Wildcats at home on the morning of Thursday, April 25 and lost 1-4. According to Grand County coach Skylar Johnson, Richfield is a “tough competitor.” Earlier in the season, Richfield shut out the Red Devils 0-5 and at that time, Kemp and Pierce lost their first doubles match 4-6, 4-6.

In the loss on April 25, the one bright spot was the dynamic duo of Kemp and Pierce. They beat the Wildcats 6-3, 6-0, which was quite an achievement.

Grand County beat the South Sevier Rams 3-2 on Thursday afternoon, April 25, at home. Wainer earned the first singles win 6-0, 6-0. Johnson got third singles victory 6-4, 6-0. Kemp and Pierce won first doubles 6-0, 6-0. Indegard lost his second singles match, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6. Hayden Lance and Jamey Mascaro dropped their second doubles match 6-4, 2-6, 1-6.

Seniors Wainer, Johnston, Kemp, and Pierce were honored on Thursday, April 25 for their years of dedication to the tennis team. Coach Johnson said he looked forward to seeing what graduating seniors achieved after high school.

The Red Devils lost to the North Sanpete Hawks 2-3 on Friday morning, April 26, at home. Wainer and Johnston won their singles matches. Pierce and Kemp lost first doubles (but went down swinging), 5-7, 7-5, 5-7. Lance and Mascaro dropped second doubles 6-4, 2-6, 6-7. Indegard lost the second singles match 3-6, 3-6.

Grand lost at home 1-4 to the Manti Templars on Friday afternoon, April 26, at home. Kemp and Pierce won their doubles match 6-2, 6-7, 7-5.

Moab will host the Region 15 Championship Qualifier at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 and at 8 a.m. Friday, May 3.