After a bye and an easy semifinal match, Grantsville’s Maddie Linares found herself in a battle with Bear River’s Darci Pali for the Region 11 third-singles championship on a cold Friday afternoon on the GHS courts.
All of Linares’ teammates had won region championship matches in straight sets, and with a victory at third singles Grantsville would sweep the meet.
Linares was good in the clutch and won the third set 6-3 and the match 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to give Grantsville a sweep of the region tournament Friday.
Junior Jennifer Christensen captured first place at first singles with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Stansbury’s Abby Nordgren in the championship match. Christensen reached the title bout with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Bear River’s Cherokee Limb. Nordgren needed three sets in the semifinals to reach the finals. She defeated Ben Lomond’s No. 1 player 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.
Courtney James defeated Stanbury’s Sydney Squires in the championship match at second singles 6-3, 6-1. James reached the finals with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 victory over Rylie Westarp of Bear River. Squires reached the finals with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Rachel Windley of Ben Lomond.
Third singles Linares rolled to the finals with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Clara Heder of Stansbury in the semifinals. Heder defeated Tooele’s Amanda Careau in the play-in match 6-1, 6-2. Heder finished in fourth place to qualify for state.
The toughest match for Grantsville’s first doubles team of Morgan Matthews and Whitney Castagno came in the semifinals when they went three sets against a duo from Ben Lomond. The Grantsville pair won the match 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. They then defeated Stansburys’ Kallie Stewart and Molly Johnson in the finals 6-2, 6-4.
Tooele’s first doubles team also qualified for state with a fourth-place finish. After losing the play-in match, Simone Thompsen and Makenna Bergen downed Bear River’s Shantel Wakely and Sydney Nichols to earn a spot in the big tourney.
Grantsville’s Bailie Sandberg and Becca Toone only lost four games as they rolled to a region championship at second doubles. The Grantsville pair won 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals over Tooele’s Aubrey VanDerwerken and Kelsie Jackson. They then cruised past Bear River’s Ashley Stoker and Kellie Mouk 6-0, 6-2 to grab the region championship.
Teams were awarded points for regular-season region dual matches, and for wins at the region tourney. Grantsville scored 65, Stansbury 34, Bear River 27, Ben Lomond 26 and Tooele 3.