Uintah took a first step to a possible first-ever state tennis title by posting a slim lead after Friday's first-day matches at the 3A UHSAA- First Security Bank state tournament.
Intermittent rains forced the scattering of first-round and quarterfinal matches, which originally were scheduled outdoors at Brigham Young University. Morning and late-afternoon drizzle resulted in matches being moved indoors - at BYU, at The Ridge Athletic Club in Provo and in a Spanish Fork facility, the latter located some 20 miles away.En route to its first-day total of 9 team points, Uintah advanced all three singles players - Shane Bullock at No. 1, Toby Teufer at No. 2, and Cortney Nelson at No. 3 - and the No. 1 doubles tandem of Sheridan Peck and Eric Enlowe.
Judge Memorial, Ogden and West all tallied seven points apiece while each earned a trio of spots in today's semifinals. West's strength was its three singles players - Rob Hansen, Ricky Skaar and Tuan Ngo; Judge had its top two singles and second doubles duo advance in Peter Matus, Marek Pfeil and the twosome of Chris Barra and Casey Foley; and Ogden won behind Matt Toliver at No. 1 singles, Brett Toliver at No. 2 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Neal Geddes and John Peterson.
Another point behind are Box Elder and Logan, with Box Elder advancing its two doubles tandems of Mike Noragon-Chad Reese and Lance Turner-Quinn Karlinsey. Logan's two duos of Phil Doyle-Mike Olsen and Justin Hult-Josh Low also earned semifinal berths as did Jared Burnham in No. 3 singles.
The No. 1 singles division should provide quite a battle, with Ogden's Matt Toliver and West's Hansen having finished 1-2 in the No. 3 finals last year and Matus and Bullock making strong state-tourney showings last year. Judge's Pfeil is on target to defend his 1990 No. 2 singles crown.
Today's matches begin at 9 a.m. and are tentatively scheduled for BYU's outdoor courts. If it rains, matches will be moved indoors at BYU and at The Ridge.
The 2A state tennis tournament, which was originally scheduled for today at BYU, has been postponed until Monday.
Rains early Friday caused the 4A boys' tennis championships to be pushed back one day. First round action is scheduled to begin today at Liberty Park. Finals will be on Monday.