OREM Sweeping through singles play and finishing second in both doubles brackets in the Region 7 girls tennis tournament, Orem looks to be favorites once again when the 4A state championship gets underway next week.
"It's always good to come in and get first or second seed going into state," Orem coach Lynsi Pearson said.
Callie and Kelsie Craig took the No. 1 and 2 singles as expected. Callie Craig defeated Provo's Tessa Washburn 6-0, 6-0 in the finals. It wasn't an easy of a match as the score suggested, as Washburn was obviously one of the best players on the day. But unforced errors on her part contributed to her defeat.
"I played really well, but it's kind of hard to get points when you play someone that good," Washburn said.
Callie Craig struggled a bit in the final set in not hitting her serves well and hopes to improve on that for state.
"I want to work on serving and coming in volleying," Callie Craig said.
While cognizant of her shortcomings, Callie Craig is nonetheless confident of moving up a spot and taking the No. 1 singles crown. "I think I'll take state," she said. "I'm excited to play."
Kelsie Craig almost matched her sister's performance when she beat Timpview's Grace Collins 6-1, 6-1. Finishing out the Tigers' sweep was Andie Young beating Natalie Lloyd of Timpview by the same score.
Mountain View and Timpview stepped up their play to take first and second doubles respectively against an improved Orem side in that facet of play.
The Bruins pairing of Elena Pierce and Berklee Baum overcame a tough first set challenge from Orem's Courtney Kezerian and Candice Gurr to get a 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 win. It was a back-and-forth match, but when it came down to crunch time, Pierce and Baum took the tough points.
"That's what we were hoping for," Mountain View coach Will Mueler said of the doubles win. "We were seeded that way (No.1) and were undefeated through the season.
The T-Bird duo of Michelle Jaynes and Maggie Brown had an easier time in the second doubles to get a 6-3, 6-1 win over Laura and Jessie Dyer.Chelsea Dean of Mountain View was the biggest surprise of the day when she moved up from a No. 6 seed in third singles to finish fourth in that bracket to secure a spot next week in the state tournament.
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