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High school girls tennis: Skyridge a slight favorite in 6A after late lineup shake-up at Lone Peak

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Weber’s Jacque Dunyon rips a forehand on her way to the first singles championship with a victory over Davis’ Sarah Major during the 6A State tournament at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — As of few weeks ago, Lone Peak’s girls tennis team was humming along like normal, poised to try to win a fourth straight state title.

Now, with the 6A state tournament finally here this Thursday and Saturday at Liberty Park, the Knights find themselves in a rare underdog role.

Lone Peak’s top player opted to stop playing last month, which forced several players to move up a position in the rotation.

“Everyone knows we’re down a player and it’s caused this domino effect. People are playing in spots they weren’t a couple weeks ago, and that’s OK,” said Lone Peak coach Roger Baumgartner. “They’ve had a couple weeks to put it behind them. We’ve had some really good practices. Thankfully we’ve had two weeks between region and state, so we’ve gotten in a lot of good practices. They’re comfortable. We feel like we can make a run and make it interesting over there.”

A couple weeks ago at the Region 4 tournament, Skyridge ended up narrowly edging Lone Peak for the team title, and with its depth, the Falcons will be the team to beat this week at Liberty Park.

Skyridge won all three singles titles at region, with Savannah Johnson at first singles, Lucy Droubay at second and Jaya Cluff at third.

Lone Peak’s Mandi Robbins, who was expected to be defending her second singles state title this week, instead was the Region 4 runner-up at first singles and will be a No. 2 seed with a very difficult draw.

Teammate Sydney Gardner faces a similar scenario. She was the third singles state champ a year ago, but is now the No. 2 seed from Region 4 in second singles.

“We’re down a player, so we’re going to give it our best shot and we’ll still be right there, but Skyridge is tough,” said Baumgartner.

Lone Peak’s best path at a title might be through doubles, as it finished ahead of Skyridge at region in both first and second doubles.

Region 3 champion Bingham could make some noise at state as well after winning the region title at four of five positions this year.

While the team title race figures to be tight, the chase to be 6A’s top individual likely won’t be. Weber senior Jacque Dunyon is a massive favorite to cap a third straight perfect season with one last first singles state title.

Dunyon is a top 100 player in the country and has signed to play at Arizona State next year.

Here’s a look at the state tournament qualifiers for each region:


Region 1

First singles

1. Jacque Dunyon, Weber

2. Victoria Cooksey, Layton

3. Kyra Spendlove, Davis

4. Linsey Austad, Clearfield

5. Regan Bolos, Fremont

Second singles

1. Juliana Cooksey, Layton

2. Reagan Harrison, Weber

3. Abby Allen, Clearfield

4. Elle Dunyon, Davis

5. Vanessa Harris, Fremont

Third singles

1. Aubrey Morrow, Fremont

2. Maddie Wilcox, Layton

3. Ellie Henderson, Davis

4. Kaitlyn Jensen, Clearfield

5. Gracie Nichols, Weber

First doubles

1. Baylee Coleman/Tess Christopulus, Layton

2. Halle Durham/Megan Moody, Davis

3. Alexa Mattson/Sydney Fisher, Fremont

4. Jenna Duryea/Alissa Austad, Clearfield

5. Issy Crookston/Eliza Stewart, Weber

Second doubles

1. Rachael Brown/Anna Allen, Clearfield

2. Brydie Sigg/Esmae King, Davis

3. Alivia Rasmussen/Brinley Johnson, Fremont

4. Megan Petersen/Molly Burnett, Layton

5. Emma Zabriskie/Ashlee Jordan, Northridge


Region 2

First singles

1. Brooke Bentley, Granger

2. Lexie Huff, Taylorsville

3. Eva Huber, Cyprus

Second singles

1. Ellie DeGroote, Cyprus

2. Akilah Pham, Granger

3. Jaqueline Maowbi, Taylorsville

4. Alyssa Pfeiffer, West Jordan

Third singles

1. Tessa Condie, Hunter

2. Emma Vuckovic, Granger

3. Paige Smith, Taylorsville

4. Mallory Collins, West Jordan

First doubles

1. Leia Jenkins/Shay McDaniel, Cyprus

2. Athena Lam/Brooklyn Lee, Taylorsville

3. Kari Thompson/Sarah Jones, West Jordan

Second doubles

1. Kenley Henson/Poerani Cheung, Cyprus

2. Adelaide Roberts/Nhu Trinh, Granger

3. Maelynn Torres/Logan Wareham, Taylorsville

4. Macy Dugarian/Megan Larsen, West Jordan


Region 3

First singles

1. Riya Soneji, West

2. Mariali Romero, Herriman

3. Olivia Dabo, Bingham

4. Jaylee Margetts, Riverton

Second singles

1. Avery Pack, Bingham

2. Masha Zaitsev, West

3. Yenah Park, Herriman

Third singles

1. Lexi Cox, Bingham

2. Anastasia Dunca, West

3. Ashlyn Robbins, Riverton

4. Haley Erickson, Herriman

First doubles

1. Malia Hansen/Eliza Roberts, Bingham

2. Diya Rao/Daphne Liu, West

3. Maggie Colton/Kaitlyn Sosa, Copper Hills

4. Savannah Derby/Addie Hansen, Riverton

Second doubles

1. Jacey Robins/Kaitlyn Oniki, Bingham

2. Noa Taussky/Avelyn Kulsomphob, West

3. Carlye Davis/Kaycee Story, Copper Hills


Region 4

First singles

1. Savannah Johnson, Skyridge

2. Mandie Robbins, Lone Peak

3. Annalise Schetselaar, American Fork

4. Grace Weichers, Corner Canyon

Second singles

1. Lucy Droubay, Skyridge

2. Sydney Gardner, Lone Peak

3. Malia Bishop, American Fork

4. Elise Conlee, Pleasant Grove

Third singles

1. Jaya Cluff, Skyridge

2. Mikayla Randall, Lone Peak

3. Lauryn Brown, American Fork

First doubles

1. Macie Amussen/Chloie Brinton, Pleasant Grove

2. Claire Pitts/Lizzie Muir, Lone Peak

3. Payton Carroll/Kylee Sperry, Skyridge

4. Cassidy Rich/Jane Dorny, Corner Canyon

Second doubles

1. Emma Reynolds/Allie Story, Lone Peak

2. Cassidy Schmidt/Holly Schmidt, Skyridge

3. Ashley Cowie/Allie Murdoch, American Fork

4. Rubby Russell/Olivia Liefson, Pleasant Grove