Tennis players shine in road meets

Maara Holyoak plays in one of several matches held last week. Photo by Anthony Militano

The Red Devils varsity tennis team earned some significant wins and suffered a couple of setbacks during a busy slate of action on the road Sept. 26-27.

The girls visited the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs on Thursday morning and as a team, Grand County won 4-1. Maara Holyoak, first singles, won 6-7, 6-1, 6-1. Kiersten Kimmerle on second singles won 6-0, 6-1. Kyla Jackman, third singles, won 6-1,6-0. First doubles Jenny Kopell and Jenna Hawks fell to Gunnison 4-6, 2-6. Second doubles Stella McGowan and Chloe Talbot picked up a win with 6-2, 6-0.

The Red Devils faced the Wasatch Academy Tigers last Thursday afternoon and came away with a 5-0 victory. Holyoak, first singles 6-1, 6-1, Kimmerle, second singles, 6-0, 6-0, Jackman, third singles 6-0, 6-0, Kopell/Hawks, first doubles 6-1, 6-4, McGowan/Talbot, second doubles 6-2, 6-4.

Grand attended a mini tournament hosted by the North Sanpete Hawks on Friday. As a team, the Red Devils went 4-1 against North Sanpete. Holyoak lost her first singles match 4-6, 3-6. Jackman, second singles, won 6-0, 6-1. McGowan got a shot at third singles and won 6-1, 6-1. Kopell/Hawks, first doubles, won 6-1, 6-3.

Julia Crane and Talbot had second doubles and scored a 5-7, 6-2, 10-8 victory.

Things got a little tougher as the matches continued. Grand went 2-3 against the Manti Templars. First singles Holyoak lost 3-6, 3-6. Second singles Jackman won 6-1, 6-3. Third singles Molly Knowles lost, but she made it interesting falling 5-7, 6-3, 7-10. First doubles Kopell and Hawks lost 3-6, 3-6. Second doubles McGowan and Talbot beat the Templars 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.

The Richfield Ladycats are tough competitors. A few weeks ago at Homecoming, Richfield shut out Grand 0-5.

In North Sanpete, the Red Devils went 1-5 against Richfield. First, second and third singles lost. Second doubles Crane/Talbot went down tough, 4-6, 6-2, 4-10. First doubles Kopell/Holyoak won 5-7, 6-3, 10-6.

“Richfield is very talented,” Coach Skylar Johnson said in a text. “Hopefully, we get another chance next week at the region tournament to battle them.”

In the home match against the San Juan Broncos on Tuesday, Oct. 1, seniors were recognized for their years of dedication to the tennis team. The results were not in by the time The Times-Independent went to press.

The Region XII Championship qualifiers start Friday, Oct. 4. Grand County is scheduled to visit the South Sevier Rams and the Richfield Ladycats.