Tyler Colson’s victories in two tight matches lifted Grantsville to a fifth-place finish at the 3A state tennis tournament last weekend.
The No. 2 singles players won third-set tiebreakers in both the second round and the semifinals to advance to the championship match. He lost to Ryan Kempin of Juan Diego in the finals.
Colson scored five of Grantsville’s 11 team points for the tournament. Juan Diego won the team title by sweeping all three singles events, and tallied 22 points. Desert Hills finished second with 14 points, Snow Canyon was third with 12 points and Dixie fourth with 11 points.
Behind Grantsville were Park City in sixth at seven points and North Sanpete in seventh with four points. Grantsville placed three spots higher than last year’s eighth-place finish.Stansbury won opening-round matches in second singles and second doubles to finish tied for ninth place with two points.
Matt Waldron added two points to the Cowboys’ total with victories in his first two matches at third singles. Granstsville’s first doubles team of Dallin Dalton and Jacob May won its first two matches, and lost in the semifinals to Desert Hills.
The second doubles team of Lane Sutton and Tytan Thurgood rolled to a 6-4, 6-2 victory in the first round against Hurricane to add one point to the Grantsville total, then lost in the second round.
“Colson battled through some tough matches to win in the second and third rounds,” Grantsville coach Stephen Thurgood said. “Our first doubles team played well in the first set in the semifinals against Desert Hills, but then didn’t have much in the second set. I also felt our second doubles team would win another match. This year was the first time for Tytan playing doubles. If they had beaten Snow Canyon in the second round, they would have had a good shot at beating Park City in the semifinals. Snow Canyon beat Park City easily in the semifinals.”
Matt (Waldron) played really well in the tournament at third singles,” Thurgood said. Waldron was up on Juan Diego state champion Brenton Reynor early in the semifinal match, but lost 3-6, 3-6.
Grantsville’s No. 1 player Brandon Sandberg returns next year along with Waldron and Tytan Thurgood. “We’ll develop two or three other players to help us for next year,” the coach said.
Jake Hardy picked up a victory for Stansbury at second singles 6-4, 6-1 over Carbon, and the Stallions’ second doubles team of Jordan Jenkins and Alex Kimberling won in the first round over Carbon 6-3, 6-3.
First singles — Desert Hills def. Brandon Sandberg, GHS 6-2, 6-1; Cedar def. Logan McBride, SHS 6-3, 6-1; Dixie def. Ivan Gonzales, THS 6-0, 6-0
Second singles — Hardy, SHS def. Richfield 6-4, 6-1; Payson def. Jacob Vanderwerken 6-3, 6-2; Colson, GHS def. Cedar 6-0, 6-1
Third singles — Union def. Dakota Fidler, SHS 6-0, 6-3; Juan Diego def. Jacob Nielson, THS 6-0, 6-0; Waldron, GHS def. Morgan 6-1, 7-5
First doubles — Dalton, May, GHS def. Pine View 6-4, 6-0; Snow Canyon def. Carlos Gomez, Thaddeus Mitchell, SHS 6-1, 6-0;
Second doubles — Kimberling, Jenkins, SHS def. Carbon 6-3, 6-3; Payson def. Josh Orton, Carsen Brewerton, THS 6-0, 6-2; Sutton, Thurgood, GHS def. Hurricane 6-4, 6-2
Second singles — Dixie def. Hardy 6-1, 6-1; Colson def. Snow Canyon 6-4, 2-6, 7-6
Third singles — Waldron def. Snow Canyon 6-3, 6-3
First doubles — Dalton, May def. Uintah 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
Second doubles — Snow Canyon def. Sutton, Thurgood 6-2, 6-4
Second singles —Colson def. Park City 6-1, 3-6, 7-6
Second singles — Juan Diego def. Colson 6-1, 6-0