Grantsville showed its depth this year in girls tennis with a 5-1 victory over 4A Highland Wednesday morning on the GHS courts.
Region 11 tennis matches will feature three singles matches and three doubles matches this season instead of the normal three singles matches and two doubles matches.
State matches will still just include three singles matches and two doubles matches.
Highland’s top two singles players gave Grantsville’s top two players a battle. The Rams’ No. 1 player posted the only victory for the visitors.
Bailey Sandberg has moved up the GHS ladder to put herself in the No. 1 spot so far this season.
She lost a lenghty match 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 1-6.
“Bailey is coming on quite nicely as a singles player,” said coach Steve Thurgood. “She didn’t get frustrated or rattled out there going against Highland’s top player — she told me she just got tired.”
The coach said his team mostly has been playing single sets in practice, so the long three-set match against a top player was a good challenge for Sandberg.
No. 2 Jen Christensen’s match was just as long and grueling as Sandberg’s. Christensen won 6-4, 7-5.
“Jen is very consistent — gets everything back,” the coach said.
Grantsville was invincible in the other varsity matches with Morgan Matthews posting a 6-2, 6-0 victory at third singles.
Lexi Jackson and Madi Linares won at first doubles 6-1, 6-2.
Becca Toone and Kayla Johnson posted a 6-0, 6-2 victory at second doubles, while Maddie Jefferies and Mauisa Linares won 6-3, 6-2 at third doubles.
“I feel our players should have a real successful season this year. We only lost two seniors from last year’s team,” Thurgood said.
Grantsville hosts another morning match on Tuesday, Aug. 16, against 4A Mountain Crest at 9:30 a.m.
The first Region 11 match is set for Aug. 23 at home against Bear River at 3:30 p.m.