Tennis team has rough Homecoming

Jenny Kopell in action on a tough day for Grand County. The Red Devils went 2-3 against South Sevier and 0-5 to Richfield last week. Photo by Anthony Militano

The Red Devil girls tennis team had a busy homecoming week. The team hosted the South Sevier Rams on Thursday morning, Sept. 19, and the Richfield Ladycats paid a visit to Moab that afternoon. Neither match led to the desired outcome.

The team went 2-3 against South Sevier. First singles lost 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, first doubles fell 0-6, 2-6, and second doubles lost 4-6, 0-6.

Kyla Jackman was a bright spot on a difficult day for Grand. She won her third singles match on court four, 6-0, 6-1.

A few weeks ago, Kiersten Kimmerle was on her home court and she lost a long, intense match in 100-plus-degree heat to a Union Cougar. On Sept. 19, Kimmerle bested her own longevity record in a grueling battle that lasted nearly 3.5 hours. She emerged victorious: 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.

The team lost to the Richfield Ladycats 0-5. Jackman put up a fight, but she lost her first set 5-7 and won the second 6-4. She lost the tiebreaker 5-7.

“We played some good, hard matches today,” coach Skylar Johnson said. “The wind was a little bit of a factor. We have a big week coming up next week, so hopefully we can keep improving. Next week we have Gunnison and Wasatch Academy. We’re heading over there, and we’ve got a little tournament versus Richfield, Manti, and the North Sanpete Hawks.”

The Red Devils will be back in Moab to face the San Juan Broncos on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Seniors will be honored that day.