Lady Devil tennis team is knocked out of competition early at state
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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Grand’s Brityn Ballard returns a serve at the state tennis tournament in Liberty Park on Oct. 5. Photo courtesy of Brian Ballard
Grand’s Brityn Ballard returns a serve at the state tennis tournament in Liberty Park on Oct. 5. Photo courtesy of Brian Ballard
The Grand County High School girls tennis team made an early exit from the 1A/2A state tournament held Saturday. Oct. 5 at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, with all of the Lady Devils losing their respective opening-round matches in straight sets.

“We were a little disappointed, but our girls played hard,” said GCHS head coach Brian Ballard. “We’re still a young team, and most of our players will be back again next year. We had a great season, and competing at state was a good experience for us.”

In No. 1 singles, GCHS sophomore Kayla Weston was defeated by Victoria Barrera of St. Joseph, 6-1, 6-0.

In No. 2 singles, sophomore Brityn Ballard of Grand was defeated by Sarah Roston of Wasatch Academy, 6-1, 6-1. Roston went as far as the finals before losing to Grace Peterson of Waterford.

In No. 3 singles, Grand’s Robin Willscheidt was defeated by Sophia Nielsen of Rowland Hall, 6-0, 6-4.

In the No. 1 doubles bracket, Grand’s Jacey Johnson and Cora Johnston were defeated by Audra Thurston and Ali Koehler of St. Joseph, by the score of 6-3, 6-3.

In No. 2 doubles, Madison Stocks and Shalia Harmison of Grand were beaten in the first round by Amanda Higgs and Margy Maher of St. Joseph, 6-3, 6-3.

Manti ended up winning the state team title, edging runner-up Waterford by two points.

The team point totals were as follows: Manti 11, Waterford 9, Wasatch Academy 8, St. Joseph 7, San Juan 6, Delta 5, Rowland Hall 3, and Emery 1.

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