Lady Devils tennis team sweeps two matches on the road
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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The Grand County High School girls tennis team swept both matches of their double-header on the road last week, defeating the Gunnison Lady Bulldogs at Gunnison and the Parowan Lady Rams at Cedar City on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The Parowan match had already been scheduled for Sept. 17, but the Lady Devils added the Gunnison match for that morning to make up for a rained-out contest that had been canceled the week before, when Grand was to have hosted both Gunnison and Manti on Sept. 10.

At Gunnison, the Lady Devils won all five of their varsity matches in straight sets.

In No. 1 singles, Kayla Weston prevailed 6-4, 6-3, while fellow sophomore Brityn Ballard won in No. 2 singles, 6-2, 7-5. In No. 3 singles, junior Robin Willscheidt won 6-3, 6-0.

Grand’s two doubles teams both won decisively, with Jacey Johnson and Cora Johnston teaming for the victory in No. 1 doubles, 6-1, 6-0. In No. 2 doubles, Madi Stocks and Shalia Harmison won 6-0, 6-2.

A third doubles match was also played, which was scored as a junior varsity match. Grand’s Becca Farnsworth and Kim Lewis teamed up to win 6-1, 6-0.

Against Parowan later that same afternoon, Grand rolled to another 5-0 sweep.

GCHS head coach Brian Ballard said that despite the lopsided scores, Gunnison and Parowan had several talented players on their squads.

“They both had pretty good teams. Their coaches were impressed by how hard we played,” he said. “Our girls are just fast on their feet, and they’re determined.”

Parowan’s No. 1 singles player gave Weston a bit of trouble in her match, winning the second set 6-3 after Weston had won the first set by the same score. Weston then came back to win the third and deciding set, 6-4.

In No. 2 singles, Brityn Ballard cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win, while Willscheidt posted a similar score in No. 3 singles, winning 6-0, 6-0.

In No. 1 doubles against Parowan, Johnson and Johnston won 6-0, 6-2, while Stocks and Harmison rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win in No. 2 doubles.

Also at Parowan, a couple of single-set junior varsity matches were played to 8 points. In those matches, Farnsworth lost 1-8 and Lewis won 8-4.

This week, the Lady Devils are scheduled to host Manti at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, which will make up the other rained-out match from Sept. 10. The following day, Friday, Sept. 27, the Lady Devils will host the 2A Southern Division tournament.

Matches are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. and last throughout the day. Players at the regional tournament will be attempting to qualify for the 2A state tournament, which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5 at Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park. 

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