SALT LAKE CITY— Rain fell early and often during the 4A girls tennis tournament Thursday, forcing officials to relocate matches away from the Liberty Park tennis courts.
All of the scheduled singles matches were completed, while doubles matches were postponed. With two rounds of singles matches in the books, Bountiful, Timpview and Bonnevile sit atop the leaderboard.
The postponed doubles matches are now scheduled to be played at Brighton High on Friday, beginning at 10:45 a.m.
“It kind of takes away from the state atmosphere, because you don’t get to watch your teammates and see everyone play,” said Bountiful senior Mariah Miller, who earned a berth in the second singles semifinals. “It kind a of takes a little bit of the fun out of it, but it’s still OK.”
Hannah Jones got the tournament going when the Bonneville sophomore opened with a 6-2, 6-0 first-round victory in first singles over last year's third singles champion, Sarah Koelliker of Highland.
In the lower bracket of first singles, Corner Canyon senior Killian Doran kept her undefeated streak intact through the first two rounds of play. She will square off against Timpview sophomore Kate Cusick in semifinal action.
Hailey Daniels helped Bonneville move into a great position heading into Saturday. Daniels breezed through the early competition in second singles and is now set to play Bountiful’s Miller first thing Saturday.
“Saturday should be interesting,” said Miller. “If I play like I did today I feel like I’ve got a really good shot.”
East product Ruby Parkin returns to the court in second singles, making the move from first doubles that saw the senior pick up a title in 2012. Parkin is one of three girls representing East in this year's tournament.
Bountiful senior Sara Jones kept her shot at redemption alive with a narrow 6-4, 7-5 second-round victory over Bonneville senior Alexis McCall in third singles action. Jones was the runner-up in last year's third singles title match. Murray senior Tessa Yates will square off against Jones in the semifinals after dismantling Timpview junior Catherine Cranney, 7-5, 6-0, to advance.
Both singles and doubles action will conclude Saturday at Liberty Park.