5A tennis: Brighton faces tough tourney road in quest to repeat (+schedule)

Maple Mountain’s Tennyson Whiting competes in the 5A state championship second singles tennis finals at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — As the 5A state tournament gets underway this week, defending champion Brighton gets the nod as the slight favorite — with emphasis on the word slight.

Brighton has vulnerabilities at multiple positions just like every other team in the state tournament, which gets underway Thursday at Liberty Park and concludes on Saturday.

“It’s going to be a tough state tournament that’s for sure, I don’t think anybody is going into this thinking yeah we’re definitely going to do something,” said Brighton coach Natalie Meyer.

Brighton earned the No. 1 seed for the state tournament in three of five positions from Region 7, but it’s those runner-up finishes that show Brighton’s vulnerabilities.

The question is, do any other 5A contenders have the collective depth at all five positions to challenge the Bengals? It’s going to be tight.

Region 5 champion Woods Cross has the No. 1 seed in four of five positions, while Region 6 champ Skyline swept all five positions at region.

In Region 8, Maple Mountain earned the top seed in three of five spots like Brighton.

“Every match is going to impact and it’s going to be close,” said Meyer. “There is no foregone conclusion.”

Those key matches will begin as early as Thursday’s quarterfinals, where every point will be critical.

At first singles, a quarterfinal between Maple Mountain’s Tennyson Whiting and Timpview’s Josh Pearce will be a key match, as the loser will only collect one team point out of a possible six from the position.

There’s another likely key quarterfinal at second singles between Corner Canyon and Woods Cross, and then at third singles between Brighton and Skyline.

And when it comes to doubles, …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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