Red Devils tennis team shines in home match

Junior Kyla Jackman prepares for her serve to be returned. Jackman won all of her matches at the Moab Invitational mini tournament on Saturday, Aug. 31. Photo by Anthony Militano

The Lady Red Devils hosted a tournament on Saturday, Aug. 31, and played well in their first home tournament of the season. The North Sanpete Hawks, Uintah Utes and Union Cougars participated and all fell to the home team – one way or another.

The Hawks earned 12 tournament points, the Utes picked up 17. The Cougars and Red Devils tied with 18, but Grand County ‘owned’ the tie because the Lady Devils beat Union in head-to-head competition.

Kyla Jackman was perfect and won all three of her third singles matches. Jackman beat North Sanpete 4-1, 5-3 on court 4 in a little less than an hour. She took care of Uintah 4-0, 4-0, again on court 4 and she handled Union 4-2, 4-2.

Kiersten Kimmerle also had a good day. She was second singles and bested North Sanpete 4-0, 4-2 and Uintah 4-0, 4-1. Kimmerle had Grand’s second 10-point tiebreaker match against Union at the end of a hot, physically and psychologically draining day. ”She’s holding up,” coach Skylar Johnson said as he cheered Kimmerle on. “She’s played a lot of tennis in the last two days.”

Kimmerle won the first set 4-2, but lost the second 1-4. Kimmerle lost the tiebreaker 7-10 but she bounced back. Ironically, Kimmerle lost the last match on a scorching 100-plus degree day to a Union Cougar named Summer.

Maara Holyoak had a mixed day. She was first singles and fell 4-5, 3-5 to North Sanpete, and 4-1, 4-5, (7-10) to Uintah, but in the last match Holyoak beat Union 4-2, 4-0.

Senior Kiersten Kimmerle reacts to a ball that took a sharp, strange hop. Kimmerle won two of her matches at the Moab Invitational mini tournament on Saturday, Aug. 31. Photo by Anthony Militano

The doubles teams also had an up and down day. The first doubles team lost all of its matches. The second doubles team, comprised of Jenny Kopell, Molly Knowles and Stella McGowan, who beat North Sanpete 4-0, 4-1; Knowles/McGowan lost 1-4, 1-4 to Uintah and Kopell/McGowan beat Union 4-2, 4-0.

The Lady Red Devils have a large and robust team this year, a total of 14 players, three seniors, four juniors, one sophomore, and six freshmen.

“This is probably the best two days of tennis we’ve had this year. We came out yesterday, won a bunch of matches and did really good, we played really good. The girls showed a lot of heart by coming back in today and playing in this temperature after playing two tough matches yesterday,” Johnson said. “We played three matches today and did good. We beat two of the teams, two tough 3A teams, one that we lost to when we went and played them, so we have shown improvement in the last week.”

The team is scheduled to participate in the St. George Invite on Friday and Saturday.