With several high school tennis teams putting their top two players at first doubles, it has become a challenge for Grantsville.
The Cowboys are deep enough to keep their top players in the singles positions, and at the same time put talented doubles teams on the court. Coach Stephen Thurgood said he has been concerned with the No. 1 doubles team, but it wasn’t a concern against Stansbury on Thursday.
The Stallions also use their top players in the singles positions so playing the match straight-up was a plus for the Cowboys.
“The first doubles match was over rather quickly. [Dallin] Dalton and [Jacob] May played strong the whole match,” Thurgood said.
Grantsville’s dominance on Thursday was at first doubles and third singles, and the Cowboys defeated Stansbury 5-0 for the second time this year.
Dalton and May defeated Carlos Gomez and Tad Mitchell 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles. Matt Waldron beat Dakota Fidler 6-0, 6-1 at third singles.
Stansbury’s Logan McBride gave Braden Sandberg more of a challenge this time around. Back on April 1 on the Grantsville courts, Sandberg defeated McBride 6-0, 6-2, this time McBride won six games with a 3-6, 3-6 loss.
“The first singles was a match was a good one; it stayed close throughout the entire match,” Thurgood said.
Tyler Colson defeated Jake Hardy 6-3, 6-1 at third singles.
Grantsville prevailed at second doubles 6-4, 6-2. “Our guys got off to a slow start, but kept at it and prevailed,” Thurgood said.
Playing second doubles for Grantsville were Lane Sutton and Tytan Thurgood against Stansbury’s Jordan Jenkins and Alex Kimberling.
Grantsville plays at Tooele on Tuesday, and at Ben Lomond on Thursday. Stansbury hosts Bear River on Tuesday. The Region 11 tournament is scheduled for May 1 at Grantsville.