Tennis team finishes regular season in top 3

Squad qualifies for upcoming championship

Red Devil freshman Jesse Gomez has had a good year playing on the junior varsity tennis team. She has a strong serve and has improved in each match. Photo by Anthony Militano

By Anthony Militano

The Times-Independent

The Red Devils tennis team ended the regular season in Grand style and shut down the San Juan Broncos 5-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Moab.

“Varsity went 5-0, varsity won all their matches. JV won three. All in all a good day, we only lost one,” coach Skylar Johnson said with a smile.

Maara Holyoak took first singles with 6-1, 6-0. Kiersten Kimmerle won second singles 6-1, 6-0. Kyla Jackman dominated third singles 6-0, 6-0. First doubles Jenny Kopell and Jenna Hawks picked up a win with 6-4, 6-2 and second doubles Julia Crane and Chloe Talbot won 6-0, 6-3.

Seniors Kiersten Kimmerle, Julia Crane and Jenna Hawks were recognized for their dedication to the team. “Kiersten played four years. Julia Crane has been here for four years, too. She sat out last year because she was injured, but she was on the team. Jenna Hawks started last year, so this is her second year,” coach Johnson stated.

The Red Devils participated in the Region XII Championship Tournament on Friday, Oct. 4, hosted by the South Sevier Rams in Monroe and the Richfield Ladycats, in Richfield.

Richfield finished first, Emery second and Grand landed in third place, just behind Emery out of eight schools in the region.

Jackman slammed her way to regional champ. “Kyla came out with great energy and a belief that she could win,” Johnson remarked in a text to The Times-Independent. “She did a great job of staying composed and winning big points when they mattered.”

Kimmerle took runner up, second place over all in the region. “Kiersten gave Richfield a very close match in the championship, but couldn’t quite pull off an upset,” Johnson said in a text.

Holyoak took fourth place overall. Second doubles Talbot/Crane placed fifth and first doubles Kopell/Hawks took sixth overall in the Region XII Tournament.

Through a message app, coach Johnson reported: “It was super windy all day, but the girls handled it well. All singles players and second doubles qualified for state”

The next challenge for the Red Devils tennis team is the USHAA State Championship at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12.