The Grantsville girls tennis team has established itself as one of the squads to beat in Region 13 this season, and that trend continued Thursday afternoon as the Cowboys defeated Rowland Hall 4-1 at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.
No. 1 singles player Kayla Johnson fell in straight sets to Rowland Hall’s Katie Foley, the defending Class 2A state champion, but the rest of the Cowboys had little trouble getting past the Winged Lions. No. 2 singles player Marissa Linares and No. 3 singles player Maci Jackson needed hardly any time at all to finish their straight-set wins, while Brynlee and Brooklyn Butler also dominated at No. 2 doubles.
Paige Peterson and Lexi Colson had a momentary lapse in the second set at No. 1 doubles, but still managed to hold on for a straight-set victory.
Grantsville’s success so far this season has the Cowboys feeling optimistic entering the final few weeks leading into the region and state tournaments.
“Maci and Marissa — I don’t know what the other regions have, but unless Waterford’s got something more, I think those two can take it,” Grantsville coach Stephen Thurgood said.
The Cowboys face Waterford in a crucial match that was not complete at press time Tuesday. The Ravens, traditionally one of the stronger teams among the small schools, figure to challenge Grantsville and Judge for the region and state titles.