If it was a tune-up that the Grantsville and Stansbury boys tennis teams were looking for on Tuesday, both teams certainly got it.
GHS held on for a 3-2 victory on its home court in a non-region matchup between the two Tooele County foes, with all three singles matches going to three sets. The two varsity doubles matches were hard-fought two-setters.
Stansbury won two of the three singles matches, with Brady Kimberling outlasting Grantsville’s Seth Beckett 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 at first singles. The third set tiebreak was a marathon, with Kimberling winning 12-10. The Stallions’ Nate Leary beat the Cowboys’ Porter Whitworth 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 at second singles, while Grantsville freshman Camdin Nelson beat Stansbury’s Joseph Luke 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 at third singles.
The Cowboys swept the two doubles matches, with Max Coon and Weston Tuckett beating Brigham DeBry and Brennan Karren 6-3, 6-3 at first doubles. Joe Kurtz and Carlos Silva held off Wyatt Jensen and Colin Christensen 6-2, 7-5 at second doubles.
“Hats off to Stansbury to compete as well as they did,” Grantsville assistant coach Brad Sutton said. “I’m just happy to get the win.”
Stansbury coach Kevin Smith was also pleased with what he saw in his team’s first match of the season.
“It was definitely a great matchup,” Smith said in a text message. “(It) seemed very even across the board.”