PROVO — After last week's success at the region tournaments, a handful of Utah County prep tennis players are feeling pretty good about their chances heading into this weekend's Class 4A tournament.
The valley's top player is Lone Peak sophomore Kristina Doerr, who lost only 17 games in 32 sets this season and only one game in the Region 7 finals. Those who watch the powerful server play say she's one of the best tennis players in Utah County in years.
"She's as humble as she is talented," Lone Peak coach John LaCognata said. "Her confidence has been infectious on the other girls and has made our entire team play better."
The Knights finished tied in Region 7 with Orem. Emily Sheffield and Lindsay Bohne also give Lone Peak a formidable team in No. 2 doubles. The Tigers' No. 1 singles player, Kaitlyn Craig is not too shabby herself and her only loss this season came to Doerr. Orem also has strong No. 2 and No. 3 singles players in Ashlee Gardner and Rebekah Valek, who both won league titles last week.
Volleyball/tennis stars Allyce Wilson and Kortney Robinson of Pleasant Grove should challenge for the No. 1 doubles crown after cruising through the league meet.
Springville is the top south-valley team and sends three strong singles players to the state tournament and one very good doubles team. Daniella Galbraith finished the season 10-0 for the Red Devils in No. 1 singles and Lindsay Nance had a 10-0 record in No. 3 singles. Springville's Jamie Johnson, at 8-2, will compete in No. 2 singles. Kellie Baxter and McKell Murdoch, with a 9-1 record, should challenge for the No. 1 doubles title.
Timpview's Emily Mott and Kelsey Dahl lost only one match this season in No. 2 doubles.
The top three finishers from each league advance to the state tournament, while the No. 4 seeds from both Region 6 and Region 7 in each of the five categories met Tuesday at Timpview High to playoff for the final state tournament berths. Region 7 won all five matches, sending all of the league's No. 4 seeds to state meet.
The state tournament begins Friday at Liberty Park, with the finals matches set for Saturday.
Girls prep tennis play-in matches
Region No. 4 seed play-in matches between Regions 6 and 7
No. 1 singles: Ashley Johnson (Pleasant Grove) defeated Kaci Krommenhoek (American Fork) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 singles: Brooke Tenney (Mountain View) defeated Tessa Washburn (Provo) 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 singles: Kaitlan Stewart (Timpanogos) defeated Justine Ross (Spanish Fork) 6-3, 6-1
No. 1 doubles: Dani Whitaker/Stacey Spencer (Mountain View) defeated Shantell Pendelton/Ulrike Nestler (Provo) 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 doubles: Heather Cramer/Amber Robinson (Mountain View) defeated Angela Kroneberger/Anna Sumsion (Springville) 6-2, 6-4