High school girls tennis: No clear-cut favorites in 5A, 4A or 3A this weekend

Published: Monday, Oct. 7 2013 9:11 p.m. MDT

Bountiful’s Mariah Miller was a second singles runner-up last season, but she heads into the state tournament as the Region 6 No. 2 seed, having been edged out by East senior Ruby Parkin. At state, both their teams desperately need them to score big points to make a run at state.

The 3A tournament is shaping up to be a two-team race between Park City and Pine View, but Park City coach Tim Donnelly is quick to point out that anything can happen.

“Tennis is a funny game. You don’t really know on either side who’s going to show up and play,” said Donnelly.

Park City was a 3A runner-up a year ago, and it’s playing very well heading into the 3A tourney this Friday.

“Four out of our five teams won region championships in Region 10, and our fifth came in second, so that was a great tournament. They should be very proud,” said Donnelly.

Pine View’s strength at first and second singles in particular will make the Panthers a very difficult team to beat. Junior Lacey Hancock is back after winning the first singles title last year, while Hannah Erekson is very strong at second singles.

Park City didn’t advance any singles players past the quarterfinals in 2012, but that will need to change if it hopes to claim the school’s first girls tennis title since 1992.

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