It was not quite the same as when Kris Rosander of Skyline and Brandon Hodges of Alta first met at the beginning of the season. Rosander got but three games in losing to Hodges.
Tuesday, in the finals of the moved-around, rain-delayed No. 1 singles in 4A boys tennis, Rosander beat Hodges 6-4, 6-2.It was Rosander's second consecutive win after losing to Hodges the first two times they met. Two weeks ago the Skyline senior beat Hodges by a similar score in region finals.
The win Tuesday, however, was a fitting end to a good high school career for Rosander. Hodges, a sophomore, will have two more tries at the No. 1 title.
Rosander said what changed was that he tried to develop consistency and a better first serve.
"My plan was to get a good start and then stay consistent and get the first serve in. It worked. I was always ahead," he noted.
In the first set he was up 5-2. Hodges came back to 5-4, but Rosander closed out the set on his service. In the second he broke in the second game to go up 2-0. Hodges held to 4-2, but then Rosander closed out the match.
The outcome had little effect on the team standings in the 4A High School Tennis Championship. Alta all but clinched the title on the first day. Rosander's win did push Skyline into a tie for fourth.
Final team scores were Alta with 21 points, Brighton 11, Hillcrest nine, and Timpview, Bonneville, Olympus and Skyline with six each.
Matches were to have started on Friday, but were moved back one day because of rain. Because of school tests, Rosander wasn't able to play his semifinal match until late Monday. Tuesday's final was to have been played at Liberty Park, but rain moved it indoors at the Eccles Tennis Center.