SALT LAKE CITY — With the first two rounds in the books at the 4A boys tennis championships, Timpview High leads the rest of the field.
The Thunderbirds are pacing Class 4A with nine total points from 10 matches after two rounds of tennis at Liberty Park on Friday afternoon.
Bonneville and Woods Cross are just behind the leaders in second place with eight total team points apiece.
The semifinals and finals of the 4A tournament take place Saturday.
“Today we won a lot of huge matches. We’re playing solid tennis. ... It’s early in the tournament, but so far so good,” said Timpview head coach Robert Sperry. “We’ll take it one step at a time because we’re aware of some very solid players we’re going to need to play (Saturday).”
Timpview’s Matthew Pearce has been dominating the tournament’s first singles competition as he has allowed only one point through two rounds.
“I’m just playing solid, and going for the right shots,” said Pearce. “I’ve had a lot of practice, playing at least three hours every single day, just grooving my shots so that I can just be comfortable no matter what situation I get into.”
“Matt’s solid. He’s been coached by his father privately very very well, and he’s a hard worker. So we expect some really good things from Matt throughout this whole tournament,” said Sperry.
One of the more energetic matches of the day was in first doubles in the second round as Timpview's Joshua Harrison and Zack Simpson earned a three-set victory over Highland’s Matt Baker and Matthew Wilson.
Timpview will be banking on Pearce and the T-Birds' entire team to pull out the championship on Saturday afternoon, as it will have players participating in four of the five events.
“I want to win, but I just need to focus on not really the outcome but just point by point,” said Pearce about preparing for Saturday’s semifinal round against Parker Jones of Bonneville.
In other action, Maple Mountain's doubles teams will both face off against Logan.
Maple Mountain head coach Kamryn Rose and assistant coach Steve Blonquist will have a particular emotional interest in their school's first doubles match as both their sons, Kevin Rose and Andrew Blonquist, will be taking on Logan’s Jordan Larsen and Hunter Ballam.
In second doubles, Matt Chandler and Nam Luu of Maple Mountain face Andrew Hopkins and James Larsen of Logan.
When asked what made their game so effective together, Luu responded: “Our serves and volleys and we just don’t get down on ourselves when we make mistakes and we pump each other up."
Rose was very proud of her second doubles teammates.
“They had great teamwork; they both have different strengths; and they just capitalize on that with tough cross-court groundstrokes and the other finishes it off with a volley,” said Rose. “They play clean tennis, and with senior Matt Chandler in his last year, he is giving it all he’s got."
4A state boys tennis tournament
1. Timpview 9; 2 (tie). Bonneville, Woods Cross, 8; 4 (tie). East, Logan, Mountain View, 6; 7 (tie). Highland, Maple Mountain, Skyline, 4.
Cruz Thayne, Herriman def. Jameson Poulton, Bountiful, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
Matt Pierce, Timpview def. Luke Dance, Mountain Crest, 6-0, 6-1
Parker Jones, Bonneville def. Trevor O’Brien, Timpanogos, 6-2, 6-2
Grant Hawks, Woods Cross def. Adam Ott, Olympus, 6-0, 6-1
Austin Jeppsen, Sky View def. Aaron Keleman, Provo, 6-1, 6-2
Jihoon Noh, Highland def. Ammon Mills, Murray, 6-0, 6-0
Mike Polak, Skyline def. Steiner Paulsen, East, 6-1, 6-3
Jon Dollahite, Mountain View def. Andrew Hugie, Logan, 7-5, 6-4
Pearce, Timpview def. Thayne, Herriman, 6-0, 6-0
Jones, Bonneville def. Hawks, Woods Cross, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2
Noh, Highland def. Jeppsen, Sky View, 6-1, 6-3
Dollahite, Mountian View def. Polak, Skyline, 6-3, 6-2
Jake Hunt, Bountiful def. Tyler Ross, Herriman, 7-5, 6-3
Paul Monson, Timpview def. Mitch John, Mountain Crest, 6-2, 6-1
Jay Walter, Bonneville def. Trevon Galbraith, Springville, 6-2, 6-0
Chandler Paulsen, East def. John Ludlum, Hillcrest, forfeit
Jake Stevenson, Logan def. Nate Widmer, Timpanogos, 6-2, 6-0
RJ Parker, Woods Cross def. Tyler Payne, Olympus, 6-1, 6-0
Eric Debry, Skyline def. Will Taylor, Highland, 6-2, 6-0
Aldo Maldonado, Mountain View def. Nathan Duncan, Sky View, 6-0, 6-1
Monson, Timpview def. Hunt, Bountiful, 6-0, 6-1
Walker, Bonneville def. Paulsen, East, 6-2, 6-2
Parker, Woods Cross def. Stevenson, Logan, 6-4, 7-5
Maldonado, Mountain View def. Debry, Skyline, 6-0, 6-0
Tyler Rindlisbacher, Herriman def. Joe Cook, Highland, 0-6, 6-4, 6-3
Manuel Ortiz, Mountain View def. Ben Elgen, Mountain Crest, 6-0, 6-2
Keith McMullin, Bonneville def. Zack Knell, Provo, 6-1, 6-0
Jorgen Paulsen, East def. Blake Findley, Olympus, 6-1, 6-0
Matt Robinson, Logan def. Ryan Porter, Maple Mountain, 7-5, 6-2
Austin Kirk, Woods Cross def. Juno Kim, Hillcrest, 6-0, 6-1
Aydin Tasevac, Skyline def. Nick Csere, Bountiful, 6-4, 6-3
Mason Brockbank, Timpview def. Parker Jenks, Sky View, 6-2, 6-4
Ortiz, Mountain View def. Rindlisbacher, Herriman, 6-0, 6-0
Paulsen, East def. McMullin, Bonneville, 7-6, 6-3
Kirk, Woods Cross def. Robinson, Logan, 6-0, 6-0
Brockbank, Timpview def. Tasevac, Skyline, 6-4, 7-6
Hansi Kiessner/Andrew Williams, Skyline def. Josh Harris/Andrew Eyring, Bountiful, 6-4, 6-2
Kevin Rose/Andrew Blonquist, Maple Mountain def. Matthew Leavitt/Tanner Davis, Orem, 6-1, 6-2
Jordan Larsen/Hunter Ballam, Logan def. Mitch Patrick/Justin Stohlton, Timpanogos, 6-1, 6-0
Sam Rasmussen/Adam Williams, East def. Daniel Nielsen/Forrest White, Herriman, 6-0, 6-1
Tyler Heaton/Bobby Crofts, Bonneville def. Aaron Lewis/James McKell, Mountain Vie, 6-4, 6-1
Landon Oswalk/Jens Nielsen, Woods Cross def. Davis Johnson/Gabe Radman, Olympus, 6-1, 6-1
Matt Baker/Matthew Wilson, Highland def. Josh Ulrich/Jason Wright, Hillcrest def., 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Joshua Harrison/Zach Simpson, Timpview def. Scott Johnson/Andrew Johnson, Mountain Crest, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
Rose/Blonquist, Maple Mountain def. Kiessner/Williams, Skyline, 6-1, 6-2
Larsen/Ballam, Logan def. Rasmussen/Williams, East, 6-3, 6-2
Heaton/Crofts, Bonneville def. Oswald/Nielsen, Woods Cross, 6-4, 6-1
Harrison/Simpson, Timpview def. Baker/Wilson, Highland, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Tyler Brown/Ethan Nakaya, Bountiful def. Aaron Hsu/Brantley Bond, Hillcrest, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
Matt Chandler/Nam Luu, Maple Mountain def. Tyler Chaney/Devan Milles, Mountain Crest, 6-2, 6-1
Andrew Hopkins/James Larsen, Logan def. Brady Lindley/Austin Kockerans, Mountain View, 6-0, 6-2
Mark Klekas/Paul Huntsman, Highland def. Hayden Mann/Ben Horne, Murray, 6-0, 6-1
Tanner Heaton/Alex Hall, Bonneville def. Matt Heath/Reid Donakey, Timpanogos, 7-6, 7-6
Ethan Johnson/Colin Cole, Woods Cross def. Alec Brown/James Ostegar, Olympus, 6-3, 6-0
Will Corbett/Gardner Dee, East def. Robbie Hall/Jeddy Hwang, Skyline, 6-3, 6-3
Cole Mowlen/Sam Mangum, Timpview def. Andrew Johnson/Nathan Scott, Box Elder, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Chandler/Luu, Maple Mountain def. Brown/Nakaya, Bountiful, 6-3, 6-2
Hopkins/Larsen, Logan def. Klekas/Huntsman, Highland, 6-2, 6-2
Johnson/Cole, Woods Cross def. Heaton/Hall, Bonneville, 7-6, 6-2
Corbett/Dee, East def. Mowlen/Mangum, Timpview, 6-1, 6-2