Grantsville and Ogden are two of the premier tennis programs in the entire state, regardless of the classification.
So when the two teams hook up in a dual match, the tennis balls will fly and points will be tough to come by and matches will be even.
And neither team disappointed their coaches or fans Tuesday when the Tigers and Cowboys met for the first time of the 2005 boys net season.
Grantsville depth once again paid big dividends when the local squad captured second and third singles and first doubles to earn a difficult 3-2 decision on the Tigers home courts Tuesday in Ogden.
Jordan Nelson cruised to a second singles win. But Logan Paulich and the first doubles tandem of Brent Mouritsen and Josh Childs rallied from first set setbacks to sweep the final two sets and register the dual victory in style.
Grantsville returns home today to host Ben Lomond in another league affair at 3:30 p.m. and ventures to Logan Saturday to compete in the Logan Invitational Boys Tennis tournament. Then, the Cowboys hit the road to Morgan to battle the talented and tough Trojans also at 3:30 p.m.
Grantsville Coach David Millward said the victory over Ogden was a quality victory and big confidence boost for the young Cowboy net squad.
“It was a really good win for us,” he stated. “I think Ogden may have overlooked us a little bit. We’re continuing to get better and better every week and we caught them at a good time. They have a great tradition and great program and it was a battle between two premier boys tennis programs in the state.
Their number one singles player is probably one of the best number one singles players in the state.
Chris (Elsholz) played well, as did the rest of the team. Jordan continues to play well and consistent every match.
“Our first doubles and third singles were key for us getting the win,” he added. “They both lost the first set but battled back and were able to finish off strong.
Once again our strength of second and third singles and doubles play proved to be the difference. The tradition continues. I was really impressed with Logan. The match was tied 2-2 and it came down to his match at third singles. For a freshman, he really came through in the clutch. It was a tough match point-for-point. It really gave us a confidence boost. We needed to know we can compete with some of the top tennis programs in the state and we proved that (Tuesday.) It was a quality win for us.”