Jackman, Kimmerle have solid outings at state tennis

Julia Crane, left, and Chloe Talbot enjoy a light moment after competing in the Utah High School tennis championship last weekend. Courtesy photo

The Grand County girls tennis team wrapped up the season at the UHSAA State Championship on Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12, at Liberty Park, in Salt Lake City.

Senior Kiersten Kimmerle had an exciting tournament. “The Kimmerle match was one for the ages. She fought hard,” coach Skylar Johnson said in a text message.

“She won the first set 7-5 and had four match points in the second set, but lost in a tiebreaker. She had five match points in the third set, but lost in a tiebreaker. Kiersten did everything right. The Union girl just had some amazing shots with her back against the wall and she had some strokes of luck,” said Johnson.

Junior Kyla Jackman, the 3A Region champ, also had an exciting finale to the season. Jackman made it past the first and second rounds and landed in the semifinals. “Kyla lost the semis 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, but she played a really tough match and came up just short,” said Johnson.

Jackman concludes the season with the 3A Region champion title to her credit and she is the first Lady Devil to make it to the semifinals in the UHSAA State Championship.

According to Johnson, the tournament was cold, but a great experience for the players. Johnson is hopeful most of the players will return next season and he looks forward to “making another run at it, next year.”

Kimmerle, Julia Crane and Jenna Hawks graduate in May.