The Grantsville girls tennis team has hit the home stretch of the 2020 season, and appears primed to contend for a Region 13 championship — and possibly more.
The Cowboys picked up a pair of 4-1 wins over region foes Waterford and Morgan over the past week, sandwiched around a 3-3 tie against county rival Stansbury in a non-region match. Grantsville will compete in the Region 13 championships next Wednesday and Thursday at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, where the Class 3A state championships are set to take place Oct. 2-3.
Last Thursday, the Cowboys beat a short-handed Waterford squad that was missing two players due to COVID-19 exposure. Sophie Crosby won 6-4, 6-2 at first singles, and Lacy Linares won 6-0, 6-3 at third singles. Hallie Johnson and Addie Butler were 6-0, 6-2 winners at first doubles and Madison Bolinder and Rylee Dalton won 6-2, 1-0 at second doubles. Audrey Curtiss lost a marathon 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 decision at second singles.
On Friday, the Cowboys faced Stansbury, with each team winning three matches. Crosby won 6-4, 6-3 at first singles, with Johnson and Butler winning 6-1, 7-5 at first doubles and Bolinder and Dalton prevailing 6-1, 6-2 at second doubles. Linares lost 6-0, 7-5 at second singles, Lauren Holt lost 6-1, 6-1 at third singles and Kaelia Tuttle and Jaylissa Ostler fell 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 at third doubles.
Grantsville got back on the winning track Tuesday against Morgan, winning four of five against the Trojans despite some tight sets. Linares was a 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) winner at third singles, while Curtiss won 6-2, 7-5 at second singles and Johnson and Butler won 7-5, 6-2 at first doubles. Bolinder and Dalton won 6-4, 6-0 at second doubles, and Crosby lost a tough 6-1, 7-5 match at first singles.