The Red Devils tennis team lost half of its members to graduation last year, but no worries. Coach Skylar Johnson mustered an eclectic group of 11 guys eagerly willing to step up.
Seniors David Minor and Jameson Hawks were not on the team last year, but they bring built-in athletic talent to the court and Johnson believes Minor and Hawks will be a good fit.
Five freshmen are signed up. “I’m looking forward to the season,” Johnson said. “It will be a young team for a lot of our guys, we have a few seniors, but our doubles team will be fairly young.”
Jamey Mascaro, Soren Indergard and Hayden Lance are returners. During a recent training session, Johnson offered Mascaro some advice about court movement and reading the ball. Indergard worked on his backhand and sparred with Lance. Lance and Indergard also compared notes on serving style.
“Soren’s follow-through on his backhand was just a little rusty. His hand needed to go up instead of down,” Johnson said at one point. “I think it will be a good season. I’m looking forward to having some freshmen. It’s been a few years since we’ve had some dedicated freshmen and it looks like we’ve got a few this year, so it should be nice.”
“We switched things up a little bit on the schedule,” Johnson added. “We’ve got another home match on March 17. We’ll be playing Blanding and South Sevier. They both expressed interest in coming over and doing a one-day, little tournament for preseason and we’ll get a good idea where our roster is at, where people will fit in at that time.”
The Red Devils kick off the season at the St. George Invite on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21. The tennis team will be on the road for the initial matches of the season, but return home to host a small regional contest on April 16.