ST. GEORGE — Oh brother — brothers, that is.
With brothers Brendon and Ryan Kempin leading the way, the Juan Diego Soaring Eagle positioned itself to try and win the 3A boys tennis championship.
The brothers both won their early-round matchups in No. 1 singles and No. 2 singles, respectively, at the 3A tennis tournament Friday afternoon at the Green Valley Spa and Resort.
Teammate Brenton Reyner also won his early-round matches at No. 3 singles, and Juan Diego's second doubles team of Nick Fuller and Dylan Zeiger were victorious, as well.
Those wins in the first round and quarterfinal round enabled Juan Diego to finish the day tied with Desert Hills for first place with nine points apiece. Juan Diego's three individual players are all heavily favored to win championships Saturday, which would position the Soaring Eagle to capture the team crown.
“So far, so good,” said Juan Diego head coach Arthur Miyazaki. “We have four in the semifinals — can’t ask for more.”
In Saturday's semifinals, Brendon Kempin will face Desert Hills' Clay Hardy and Ryan Kempin will face Micha Gaelwiler, also from Desert Hills.
A victory by either Kempin, both heavy favorites, would more than likely seal the deal for the Soaring Eagle. Reyner, who is also heavily favored, will play Grantsville’s Devin Orgill, the winner advancing to the finals against the winner of a match between Justin Ericksen of North Sanpete and Snow Canyon’s Logan Wrigley.
The other No. 1 singles semifinal match will feature Dixie’s Tevan Balian and Nick Chingas of Spanish Fork. Park City’s Rawson Simmons will play Dixie’s Micah Alba in the other No. 2 singles semifinal.
Juan Diego’s No. 2 doubles team of Fuller and Zeiger did not have an easy time of it advancing to the semis. After pounding North Sanpete (Zack Ence and Jordan Ericksen) 6-1, 6-4, they exhibited some shaky play at the net midway through the first set against Hurricane’s Gray Robicheaux and Karter Beardal. But, apparently sparked by some words of advice from Juan Diego assistant coach Pete Talboys, the Soaring Eagle team improved dramatically at the net and put the Tigers away 6-4, 7-6 (7-4.)
“It’s not about hitting winners,” said Talboys. “It’s about errors. Everyone likes to hit winners, but these kids need to understand that he who makes the fewest errors, wins.”
Fuller and Zeiger will match up in the semis against Desert Hills' Preston Parmenter and Ryan McGinnis.
Mason Ford and Christian Davis, meanwhile, won at No. 1 doubles for Desert Hills in Friday's first two rounds. They're favored to capture a state championship, as are Parmenter and McGinnis at No. 2 doubles.
3A state boys tennis tournament
1 (tie). Desert Hills, Juan Diego, 9; 3. Snow Canyon, 7; 4 (tie). Dixie, Spanish Fork, 6; 6. Park City, 5; 7 (tie). Grantsville, Wasatch, 4.
Braden Sandberg, Grantsville def. Kyle Barnett, Judge, 6-0, 6-3
Nick Chingas, Spanish Fork def. Shayden Henton, Hurricane, 6-0, 6-4
Tevan Balian, Dixie def. Tanner Castro, Morgan, 6-0, 6-0
Scott Niederhauser, Wasatch def. Julio Arroyave, Tooele, 6-1, 6-0
Will Bensen, Snow Canyon def. Dustin Allred, North Sanpete, 6-0, 6-2
Brendan Kempin, Juan Diego def. Logan McBride, Stansbury, 6-0, 6-0
Dallen Whitehead, Ogden def. Matt Groy, Park City, 6-3, 6-4
Adam Pullan, Payson def. Clay Hardy, Desert Hills, 6-4, 6-3
Chingas, Spanish Fork def. Sandberg, Grantsville, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1
Balian, Dixie def. Niederhauser, Wasatch, 6-4, 6-0
Kempin, Juan Diego def. Bensen, Snow Canyon, 6-0, 6-1
Hardy, Desert Hills def. Groy, Park City, 6-2, 7-5
Colton Christiansen, Stansbury def. Rawson Simmons, Park City, 6-2, 6-0
Nate Barrington, Spanish Fork def. Michell Hansen, Cedar, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Micah Alba, Dixie def. Nate Evans, Bear River, 6-0, 6-0
Kaden Neuberger, Wasatch def. T.J. Hatch, Morgan, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
Matt Douglas, Snow Canyon def. Taylor Springer, Payson, 6-1, 6-3
Ryan Kempin, Juan Diego def. Kevin Chandler, Ogden, 6-0, 6-0
Tyler Colson, Grantsville def. Connor McCoy, Judge, 6-0, 5-7, 6-0
Micha Gaelwiler, Desert Hills def. Brent Watson, North Sanpete, 6-1, 6-2
Simmons, Park City def. Barrington, Spanish Fork, 6-4, 6-3
Alba, Dixie def. Neuberger, Wasatch, 6-1, 6-4
Kempin, Juan Diego def. Douglas, Snow Canyon, 6-1, 6-1
Gaelwiler, Desert Hills def. Colson, Grantsville, 6-4, 6-4
Trevor Muse, Ogden def. Chase Larsen, Union, 7-6, 7-5
Justin Ericksen, North Sanpete def. Seth Littleford, Cedar, 6-3, 6-1
Logan Wrigley, Snow canyon def. Connor Miller, Ben Lomond, 6-0, 6-1
Spencer Willette, Wasatch vs. Jake Hardy, Stansbury, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
Braden Evans, Desert Hills def. Evan Wride, Payson, 6-1, 7-5
Brenton Reyner, Juan Diego def. Nate Johnson, Morgan, 6-0, 6-0
Devin Orgill, Grantsville def. Jason Barth, Park City, 6-0, 6-3
Creed Sermershein, Spanish Fork def. Nick Livingston, Dixie, 7-5, 2-6, 6-0
Ericksen, North Sanpete def. Muse, Ogden, 6-3, 7-5
Wrigley, Snow Canyon def. Willette, Wasatch, 6-0, 6-3
Reyner, Juan Diego def. Evens, Desert Hills, 6-1, 6-1
Orgill, Grantsville def. Sermershein, Spanish Fork, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
Zach Jackson/Graham Peterson, Park City def. Augmon Jolley/Mitch Walker, Bear River, 6-3, 7-5
Zach Staheli/Avery Cope, Dixie def. Ben Rosenbaum/Jared Dixon, Spanish Fork, 7-5, 6-4
Mason Ford/Christian Davis, Desert Hills def. Ryan Lynch/Taylor Clark, Morgan, 6-2, 6-0
Ryan Lowe/Rex Alley, Juan Diego def. Tanner Elsholz/Jacob May, Grantsville, 6-1, 6-3
Jon Morgan/Devin Radmall, Snow Canyon def. Mason Taylor/Adam Fulmer, Payson, 6-0, 6-0
Brandon Reemsnyder/Luke Ropner, Judge def. Josh Hardin/Brian Harris, Ben Lomond, 6-0, 6-2
Dalton Roth/Josh Hunt, Uintah def. Kris Halford/Skyler Swerngin, Ogden, 6-3, 6-0
Zac Coonen/Cole Loveland, Cedar def. Matt Workman/Patrick Rawlinson, North Sanpete, 6-2, 6-0
Staheli/Coper, Dixie def. Jackson/Peterson, Park City, 6-3, 7-5
Ford/Davis, Desert Hills def. Lowe/Alley, Juan Diego, 6-2, 6-0
Reemsnyder/Ropner, Judge def. Morgan/Radmall, Snow Canyon, 6-1, 6-1
Roth/Hunter, Uintah def. Coonen/Loveland, Cedar, 6-3, 7-5
Nick Fuller/Dylan Zeiger, Juan Diego def. Sterling Brandley/Christian Gutierrez, Ben Lomond, 6-1, 6-4
Gray Robicheaux/Karter Beardal, Hurricane def. Zack Ence/Jordan Ericksen, North Sanpete, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Preston Parmenter/Ryan McGinnis, Desert Hills def. Jordan Jenkins/Dakota Fidler, Stansbury, 6-1, 6-0
JT Mellicker/Brian Tillman, Park City def. Ben Holland/Bobby Cluff, Morgan, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Nate Utley/Hunter McAurther, Snow Canyon def. Kyle Smith/Joey Morrison, Delta, 6-0, 6-1
Jaren Hunsaker/Kameron Baird, Wasatch def. Nick Eccles/Riley Jones, Ogden, 6-4, 6-4
Quinn Vu/Jackson Willis, Judge def. Lane Sutton/Dallin Dalton, Grantsville, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
Robby Dixon/Aaron Startup, Spanish Fork def. Mason Aldred/Garrison Ganowsky, Dixie, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
Fuller/Zeigler, Juan Diego def. Robicheaux/Beardal, Hurricane, 6-4, 7-6
Parmenter/McGinnis, Desert Hills def. Mellicker/Tillman, Park City, 6-0, 6-2
Utley/McAurther, Snow Canyon def. Hunsaker/Baird, Wasatch, 6-1, 6-3
Dixon/Startup, Spanish Fork def. Vu/Willis, Judge, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
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