It's hard to believe just two seasons ago Logan finished 10th at the girls 3A tennis tournament.
Under the care of coach Victor Harris, the Grizzlies have improved steadily, finishing fourth this year in 3A and second in Region 11 to state-runner-up Ogden.
"When I became coach three years ago, we were never in contention for region," Harris said. "Our goal has been to make ourselves into a championship competitive team."
After finishing 10th in 2005, Logan improved to seventh in 2006 and fourth in 2007. The Grizzlies also won the regular season in Region 11 and came up just short of winning the region tournament, 36-40 to Ogden.
"There's a lot of good tennis going on in Cache Valley," Harris said. "We have one of the toughest regions in the state."
Logan loses three seniors, including first and second singles players Liz Kiger and Avenlea Harris. The Grizzlies 3A runner-up first doubles team will also be without Kristina Roskelley.
"We have to replace three seniors, but we have a lot of up-and-coming players, and I expect us to be very competitive," Harris said.
Even though Logan will lose three strong players, their top seven players for next year have all had some varsity experience. Jacquie Anderson, freshman Chloe Kirkman, junior Emily Lyons (who replaced injured sophomore Lindsey Gray at region and state), sophomore Katie Dahl (who saw some varsity experience at second doubles) and sophomore Sarla Larson are all back next season.
In addition, Logan will again have the services of junior Amelia Larson (sister of Sarla) who missed the season this year to fulfill an internship with Sen. Orrin Hatch's staff in Washington, D.C. Logan will need to continue to develop its JVs and returning players to be competitive in first and second singles.
"We just need to play more tournaments," Harris said. "We need to get more match play with the best players in the state."
Roskelley and Anderson were the only Grizzlies in the finals, coming from behind to beat a tough Juan Diego team 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals. Logan's second doubles team of Larson and Kirkman lost to Judge Memorial in a tough quarterfinal three-set match, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
In the singles, Region 11 second singles champ Avenlea Harris advanced to the quarterfinals in straight sets but fell to Kylie Peek 6-2, 6-1.
Senior Liz Kiger had no trouble in her first two rounds but ran into trouble in the semis against Juan Diego star Romina Nedakovic, losing 6-0, 6-0.
The Grizzlies finished two points behind third-place Park City and eight behind region rival Ogden. Logan hopes to continue its positive trend to an even higher finish next season.
"We really worked on the girls fighting point by point this year," Harris said. "That's been the best thing about them, and we should be even more competitive next season."