Park City’s tennis depth has led the program to three straight state titles and it’s why the school is favored to win again at the 4A state tennis tournament at Liberty Park this week.
The first two rounds take place on Thursday, with the semifinal and championship matches taking place on Saturday.
Four of Park City’s seven participants who qualified for the state meet were contributors to last year’s state title, and that experience could pay dividends as the program looks to hold off contenders like Ridgeline and Desert Hills.
Park City’s hopes start at the top with Livi Rockwood at first singles and sister Gabby Rockwood at second singles.
Gabby Rockwood has won two straight second singles state titles and is the clear frontrunner again this year.
The roles are reversed for Livi Rockwood at first singles. Ridgeline junior Naya Tillitt is the two-time defending state champion at first singles, and she’s beaten Livi Rockwood in the championship match each of the past two years. They’re on opposite sides of the bracket again, which should help both players maximize as many team points as possible until they meet in the finals.
“She’s definitely improved as a player. She works really hard and it will be exciting to see her play really well again this year,” said Ridgeline coach Josh Hinkle about his No. 1 player.
Ridgeline has finished second the past two seasons, and Hinkle believes the potential is there to take that next step as a program but the competition is tough all around.
“We try not to put a ton of pressure on each other, but our goal is to put ourselves in a position where it could happen. If we go out there and play really good matches on those two days, yes we could take the title, but I think that’s not the overall focus,” said Hinkle.
In addition to Tillitt, Ridgeline’s Madi Brenchley won the third singles Region 12 title, while Ridgeline’s three other positions qualified for state as No. 2 seeds.
Park City’s five positions all won Region 11 individual titles with undefeated records.
Desert Hills finished in a second-place tie with Ridgeline at last year’s state tourney, and it qualified four of five positions this year as Region 9 champs.
The lone No. 2 seed was Morgan Behymer at first singles as she finished second to Pine View freshman Taylor Parsley at the Region 9 tournament. The result went the other way in the regular season region meeting.
Where there’s a clear-cut state-title contender from Region 9, 11 and 12, balance was the theme in Region 10 this year as four of five schools qualified for the state tournament as the No. 1 seed.
Only Payson has two No. 1 seeds with Sydney DeGraw at first singles and Sable Saunders at third singles, both seniors.
Class 4A State Tournament
Thursday’s first round
At Liberty Park
Hannah Anderson, Stansbury vs. Cambria Cook, Orem
Naya Tillitt, Ridgeline vs. Shayli Habibian, Snow Canyon
Taylor Parsley, Pine View vs. Betsy Hixson, Sky View
Tavah DeHart, Salem Hills vs. Brooke Larson, Ogden
Morgan Behymer, Desert Hills vs. Rachael Dursteler, Green Canyon
Sydney DeGraw, Payson vs. PK Dallimore, Bonneville
Livi Rockwood, Park City vs. Kylie Smith, Spanish Fork
Yeeke Wang, Logan vs. Ashley Kezos, Dixie
Caroline Jessen, Ogden vs. Kate Jenkins, Logan
Mackenzie Telford, Desert Hills vs. Danika Hancock, Payson
Alivia Winkel, Spanish Fork vs. Ellie Ericksen, Snow Canyon
Lucy Lyons, Ridgeline vs. Valeria Rico, Juan Diego
Clover Carter, Salem Hills vs. Kalli Beckstrom, Dixie
Alli Phillips, Green Canyon vs. Maddie Gonzales, Bonneville
Gabby Rockwood, Park City vs. Sarah Chipman, Sky View
Brielle Callahan, Pine View vs. Tae’a Rees, Orem
Madi Gray, Green Canyon vs. Julia Black, Orem
Tia Turley, Desert Hills vs. McLayne Arnold, Bonneville
Brooklyn Thompson, Park City vs. Becca Little, Dixie
Malorie Luck, Uintah vs. Taylor Fang, Logan
Cameron Miner, Pine View vs. Liz Fidler, Stansbury
Madi Brenchley, Ridgeline vs. Lauren Vehar, Spanish Fork
Sable Saunders, Payson vs. Dana Kim, Sky View
Madi Poorman, Ogden vs. Lily Bronson, Snow Canyon
Mia Thurber/Kenzi Knudsen, Stansbury vs. Erica Allen/Eliza Bowman, Spanish Fork
Heather Roskelley/Annie Spach, Logan vs. Bailee Southam/Haven Healy, Snow Canyon
Faith Hess/Cassidy Kohler, Desert Hills vs. Madelyn Hardy/Sarah Nielson, Mountain Crest
Mimi Bowman/Aspen Jones, Orem vs. Taya Unruh/Kammy Hamilton, Tooele
Angela Crooks/Ashley Stevens, Dixie vs. Kelsey Larkin/Lindsey Larkin, Bear River
Kaitlyn Callahan/Kassidy Callahan, Uintah vs. Isabelle White/Gabi Carter, Bonneville
Emme Phillips/Mia Rapella, Park City vs. Taylor Tolbert/Paige Paxton, Salem Hills
Ali Wolford/London Crandall, Ridgeline vs. Olivia Obray/Katrina Hafen, Pine View
Hailey Brazier/Mikell Angeli, Stansbury vs. Madison White/Tori Henrie, Mountain CrestComment on this story
Lyndsi Graf/Averee Beck, Desert Hills vs. Cozette Caron/Sage Staheli, Payson
Gabby Bailey/Abby Dunn, Orem vs. Kate Church/Gabby Hafen, Pine View
Page Longhurst/Avery Chadwick, Ridgeline vs. Sadie Reid/Ally Smith, Ogden
Sierra Law/Camry Myers, Uintah vs. Brianne Leach/Sophie Smith, Snow Canyon
Juliette Hart/Emily Parker, Logan vs. Paige Smith/McKay Kunzler, Ben Lomond
Lauren Allen/Daniela Santos, Park City vs. Sid Hoopes/Katie Stonecipher, Green Canyon
Mychaella Wisneske/Annie Heaton, Dixie vs. Meg Weeks/Leah DeHart, Salem Hills