Hugh Carey, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY— Juan Diego cruised to a second consecutive boys tennis championship Saturday afternoon, sweeping all three singles titles en route to the team title.
“We talked about how everyone has to do their part and you have to take everyone seriously. Don’t take anyone for granted,” said Juan Diego head coach Arthur Miyazaki following Saturday’s tournament. “If you watched the boys today, they came out and took everyone seriously and played hard. We respect everybody, because a guy you don’t respect it going to beat you.”
Desert Hills again proved its dominance in doubles play, sweeping both brackets and earning a second-place finish for a second consecutive year.
Clay Hardy picked up his second consecutive doubles title for the Thunder, who along with teammate Christian Davis survived a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 thriller against Snow Canyon’s Logan Wrigley and Matt Morgan. Preston Permenter also earned a consecutive doubles title for Desert Hills, helping sophomore Austin Hardy to his first title in a solid 6-2, 6-4 championship victory.
Brendan Kempin finished off his high school tennis career with a nearly perfect 6-0, 6-1 defeat over Dixie senior Tevan Balian. The two met in last year's first singles title match, and despite a rough semifinal for Kempin, the match couldn’t have gone any better.
“After a rough match this morning, it was fun to play really good in the final,” said Kempin. “It’s the first time I’ve seen him this season, but I played him in the finals last year, so it’s kind of an annual thing, I guess.”
Younger brother Ryan Kempin nearly had a perfect tournament for the Soaring Eagle, and capped his season with a second consecutive state title in No. 2 singles with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Grantsville senior Tyler Colson.
“It’s built so that I don’t have to do too much, except to tell the kids you have to work this hard to be that successful,” said Miyazaki, referring to his talent in singles play.
Asked if his players met or exceeded expectations, Miyazaki noted that his doubles players finished slightly better than 2013 and that the singles players did exactly what he thought they’d do.
“The singles players are defending champs, so there isn’t anything more I could expect from them. In doubles, we thought we would have a better chance to get further, but the teams we ran into won fair and square and deserved to win.
“For those guys, they’ve got to take it away as a learning experience. This is how good you have to be to go and win a state championship. You can’t just sit on the coattails of the singles players, which basically happened today,” said Miyazaki. “But they did their part, both teams made the semis, so we’re very pleased with that.”
Brenton Reyner completed the Juan Diego singles sweep, also earning a consecutive singles title with his 6-1, 6-1 victory over Dixie senior Luke Heaton.
3A BOYS STATE TENNIS
Liberty Park tennis courts
1. Juan Diego 22; 2. Desert Hills 14; 3. Snow Canyon 12; 4. Dixie 11; 5. Grantsville 9; 6. Park City 7; 7. North Sanpete 4; 8. Union 3; 9. Payson 2; 9. Stansbury 2; 11. Morgan, Cedar, Uintah, Richfield.
Tevan Balian, Dixie, def. TJ Mayo, Park City, 7-5, 6-1; Brendan Kempin, Juan Diego, def. Matt Douglas, Snow Canyon, 6-1, 6-2.
Ryan Kempin, Juan Diego, def. Micah Alba, Dixie, 6-1, 6-0; Tyler Colson, Grantsville, def. Rawson Simmons, Park City, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6.
Luke Heaton, Dixie, def. Joseph Beales, Union, 6-1, 6-4; Brenton Reyner, Juan Diego, def. Matt Waldron, Grantsville, 6-2, 6-1.
Clay Hardy & Jacob May, Desert Hills, def. Dallin Dalton & Jacob May, Grantsville, 6-4, 6-0; Logan Wrigley & Matt Morgan, Snow Canyon, def.Connor Kempin & Ben Agrelius, Juan Diego, 6-0, 6-4.
Austin Hardy & Preston Permenter, Desert Hills, def. Ryan Lowe & Rex Alley, Juan Diego, 6-4, 6-2; Hunter McArthur & Devin Radmall, Snow Canyon, def. Will Roberson & Bennan French, Park City, 6-1, 6-0.
Brendon Kempin, Juan Diego, def. Tevan Balian, Dixie, 6-0, 6-1.
Ryan Kempin, Juan Deigo, def. Tyler Colson, Grantsville, 6-1, 6-0.
Brenton Reyner, Juan Diego, def. Luke Heaton, Dixie, 6-1, 6-1.
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