It is a common misconception that whoever can hit the tennis ball the hardest and have it stay in will be the better player. Tayler Orgill proved that theory wrong in the Region 11 tournament Tuesday afternoon.
Orgill, who plays second singles for Grantsville, is one of the better defensive tennis players in the region. She played her game to perfection against Judge Memorial’s Hannah Brasner in the semi-finals match.
With her ability to get to most balls hit to her, Orgill was able to volley most shots back to Brasner and frustrate the hardhitting player from Judge. Orgill took the first set 6-3 and then blanked Brasner 6-0 to move on the second singles region final.
In the finals, Orgill met up with Justine Davis from Juan Diego. Davis didn’t make many unforced errors in the finals matchup and hit her winners with a lot of power in taking the first set 6-2. Orgill fought hard to impose her game in the second set but still lost 3-6. Even though Orgill couldn’t pull off the region championship she did finish in a strong second place in the best finish of all the Cowboys’ tennis players.
Rachell Rupp had the second best day for the Cowboys finishing in third place. Rupp, who earned a bye in the opening round, faced Blake Holding from Juan Diego. Holding took the first set handily at 6-2 but Rupp showed more fight in the second set but still fell 4-6. The loss pitted her against Darci Christensen from Bear River for third place at third singles. Rupp and Christensen fought back and forth in the first set but it was Rupp who took the first 6-4. With the first set already in hand, Rupp had an easier time beating her opponent 6-2 in the second set to take third place.
Both first singles and second doubles finished in fifth place. Caitlin Weber ran into a tough draw for the first round as she fell 1-8 to Masha Chadovich from Juan Diego to move into a 5th-6th matchup.
In a battle for fifth place, Weber started out fast against Susie Lyons from Morgan and finished even better. Weber won the first set 6-3 and then didn’t allow a game in the second, winning 6-0 and claiming fifth place as first singles.
Kylee Keetch and Morgan Castagno drew the team of Celeste Hancock and Katerine Christensen from Bear River. In the opening round, Keetch and Castagno appeared to be about even with the duo from Bear River but Hancock and Christensen pulled out a 8-5 victory in the second doubles match.
Keetch and Castagno regrouped in their fifth place match against Grace Cladious and Miranda Lebrecth from Juan Diego. In another even match, the Grantsville duo won the first set and then dropped the second to force a decisive third set. Surprisingly the third set wasn’t even close as Keetch and Castagno won the third set 6-1 to take fifth place.
First doubles for Grantsville had probably the roughest day. Courtnee Cloward and McKell Mouritsen first faced a duo from Ben Lomond of Anna Moulding and Jenny Palmer. Moulding and Palmer were able to hold off the Cowboy duo for a 8-4 victory.
In their battle for fifth place, Mouritsen and Cloward ran into Natalie McMullen and Amy Dominguez from Juan Diego. The Juan Diego duo won the first set 6-1 but Mouritsen and Cloward fought back and forced a tiebreaker in the second set. However, McMullen and Dominguez won the tiebreaker 8-6 to win 6-1, 7-6 (8-6).
Grantsville will have their biregion tournament this Friday and Saturday at Liberty Park Tennis Center in Salt Lake City.