Davis, Farmington leading Region 1 tennis; Woods Cross tops in Region 5Sep 13, 2021 01:33PM ● By Catherine Garrett
Woods Cross is undefeated so far this season in Region 5 play while also placing second at the Ashton Invitational – competing against powerhouse programs in Lone Peak, Timpview and Pleasant Grove – to begin the season. Photo courtesy Kacee Preston Photography
Davis and Farmington are undefeated in Region 1 play so far this season, while Woods Cross is also atop Region 5 with wins in their three matches against Box Elder, Bountiful and Viewmont.
Coach Lexi Frey returns five key players from her fifth-place team from last season. Seniors Kyra Spendlove, Elle Dunyon and Megan Moody along with sophomores Ellie Henderson, Esmae King will lead the Darts in their goals of competing for the Region 1 title and “making a bigger splash in the state,” according to Frey.
Also on the Davis squad this season are seniors Ella Burningham, Lauren Cook, Elle Ferguson, Paige Logan, Ashlynn Maughan, Megan Moody and Hannah Williams; sophomores Rachel Burke, Katelyn Miller, Mia Schimmer and Elizabeth Williams; and Freshmen Ava Dunyon, Lucy Francis and Anniesey Goaslin.
“We are working on creating great team chemistry and developing skills that will allow us to have better results earlier in the year,” Frey said.
So far this season, Davis is undefeated with wins over Northridge 8-0, Viewmont 4-1, Clearfield 5-0, Fremont 5-0 and Syracuse 5-0.
The Darts are also scheduled to face Layton, Farmington, Morgan and Weber before the Region 1 tournament Sept. 20-21 at Ogden High for singles and Mt. Ogden for doubles. The 6A state tournament is scheduled for Sept. 30 and Oct. 2 at Liberty Park.
Farmington returns six players this season who were key in their second-place finish in Region 5 last season. No. 1 singles player Shannon Anderson and Allison Barrus, who plays No. 2 singles, along with the No. 1 doubles team of Liza Peterson/Kate Geddes and No. 2 doubles team of Hannah Harmsen/Hannah Hafen are the key players head coach Kristina Maggio is looking to on the court for her Phoenix squad. Freshman Brighton Johnson plays third singles in the lineup this year.
“She has been really doing well with a record of only losing one match so far in her career,” Maggio said.
This year, competing in Region 1, Farmington just swept Syracuse and has won all of its other matches until a 4-1 loss to Layton Sept. 2. “We are excited with a brand new region and have high hopes for placing high,” Maggio said.
The Phoenix team won the St. George Invitational Aug. 27-28, playing six matches over the two days in 100+ degree weather. “We won every match except for second doubles losing in the finals,” Maggio said.
Also on the Farmington squad this year are Georgia Kearns, Mykah Bullard, Ruby Muller, Camille Forbush, Makelle Hamblin, Mylee Merrill, Ela Shevket, Kenzie Hintze, Brynn Miller and Hazel Borland.
“I just want the girls to give it their all this year and make some unforgettable memories,” Maggio said.
Farmington will face Clearfield, Davis, Fremont and Weber before the Region 1 meet and 6A state tournament.
Head coach Scott Judy is thrilled to have healthy players this season after two of his top singles players last year were sick for extended periods of time.
Senior team captain Brooke Maxwell, who plays No. 1 singles, is back with a drive that fuels the team.
“She is our leader and sets the tone,” Judy said. “She has a dream to play in college and her intensity is an example to the other girls.”
Junior Cate Gladwell and sophomore Sadie Erickson return as well as the Vikings’ No. 1 doubles team.
Also filling out the varsity lineup are freshman Emily Bowen at No. 2 singles, sophomore Anna Fillmore at No. 3 singles and sophomore Bella Uffens/sophomore Laney Keller at No. 2 doubles.
So far this season, Viewmont has defeated Northridge 5-0, Bonneville 5-0 and Box Elder 4-1 while losing to Layton 5-0, Davis 4-1, Bingham 5-0 and Woods Cross 5-0.
“Our number one goal is for everyone to make state and have us challenge for the region title,” Judy said. “We have the right energy and mindset and have a really cool opportunity to do some special things this year.”
The Vikings are also scheduled to play Woods Cross, Bountiful (twice), Northridge, Bonneville, Box Elder and Murray along with a St. George tournament Sept. 10-11.
The defending Region 5 champions for the fourth consecutive year brings back four seniors with state tournament experience. That 2020 Wildcats’ squad, led by now-graduated Macy Richards, who won state at No. 1 singles – placed third at state.
Seniors Peyton Kossin along with doubles players Abby Stratford, Elena Smart and Isabella Adams will be looked to by head coach Molly Richards for leadership on and off the court this season. Currently, Kossin is injured with Richards hopeful that she will be back soon.
Coach Richards’ niece – freshman Sage Bergeson – plays No. 1 singles for Woods Cross with her daughter Emmy in the lineup at No. 2 singles.
“They are very strong players and will likely go deep and be competing for state titles this year,” said Coach Richards.
Also on the team are senior Mylie Derrick; juniors Kirsten Pugsley, Alexa Gardner and Mercedes Bradshaw; sophomores Rachel Preston, Chloe Hawkins and Eliza Sargent; and freshmen Sage Bergeson, Rachael Clark, Emily Pugsley and Lauryn Glines.
“Our goals this year are to win the region again and compete for the state team title,” Coach Richards said. “If we can get Peyton healthy, we should be in a position to do well at state.”
To begin the season, the Wildcats competed at the Ashton Invitational Aug. 13-14, defeating heavyweights Lone Peak (defending 6A state champion), Timpview (defending 5A state champion) and Pleasant Grove to place second behind Skyridge.
“We had a pretty solid tournament overall,” said Coach Richards.
They lost to Olympus and Park City 3-2 in pre-season play, but are undefeated within Region 5 so far with wins over Box Elder, Bountiful and Viewmont.
Woods Cross is also scheduled to face Bonneville (twice), Box Elder, Northridge, Bountiful and Viewmont as well as the St. George Invite Sept. 10-11.