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Girls Tennis: Singles duel highlights Thunder win

GIRLS TENNIS: Singles duel highlights Thunder win

Aug. 29, 2013 
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ST. GEORGE — An intriguing tennis matchup was on display at Snow Canyon High on Thursday.

Sophomore prospects Fran Eklund and Lily Hemenway squared off in an early season showdown in No. 1 singles. Fans got an early glimpse of what’s to come over the next few years.

Their skills were showcased brilliantly during the first set, with powerful ground strokes, pinpoint winners and veteran-like angle shots that tested each other game after game.

Eklund finally got the upper hand by securing a hard-fought 7-5 set victory.

The action was still intense in the second, but fatigue soon set in. The more experienced Eklund was able to withstand the challenge to roll 6-0, securing the set and match.

First-year Snow Canyon coach Duane Schwalger said Eklund is a talented player that can really hit for power, particularly toward the baselines. He added her footwork has been coming along and continues to improve this season.

Those same traits proved crucial to help the Warrior prevail on Thursday.

“I think what gave me an advantage today was being able to put more spin on my shots,” Eklund said. “She’s (Hemenway) a good player and it was a pretty tough match.”

The Warrior went on to say that her biggest strengths this year are staying mentally tough on the court, much more so than last. In conjunction, the sophomore said this is an area she wants to keep improving on throughout the year.

For Hemenway, who is in her first year on varsity, this high-caliber match was another opportunity to gain valuable court experience before the start of the Region 9 regular season.

The steady baseline player hopes to continue to improve her craft, which she’ll do by putting in the time and work at Desert Hills and Bloomington CC.

From a team perspective, Desert Hills was able to get the 3-2 victory over Snow Canyon.

In other matches: Bergen Nelson (SC) defeated Sheridan Kimball, 6-0, 6-0 (No. 2 singles); Sadie Gladwell (DH) defeated Emily Brough, 6-0, 6-0 (No. 3 singles); Taylor Cooney/Maddie Barton (DH) defeated Jill Boyce/Amanda Lindsay (SC) 6-3, 6-4 (No. 1 doubles); Maddi Black/Paige Harris (DH) defeated Talleigh Frazier/Brielle Nielsen (SC) 6-1, 6-1 (No. 2 doubles).

PINE VIEW 4, DIXIE 1: No. 1 singles — Lacey Hancock (PV) def. Kenedi Cooper (D), 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 singles — Hannah Erekson (PV) def. Shellbe Watson (D), 6-1, 6-1; No. 3 singles — Hattie Erekson (PV) def. Amy Jensen (D), 6-0, 6-1.

No. 1 doubles — Savannah Topham/Kelli Stovall (D) def. Camie Nelson/Hailey Gafa (PV), 6-2, 6-1; No. 2 doubles — Keri Jeppson/Shaylynn Riddle (PV) def. Savannah Ream/Moriah Spainhower (D), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

HURRICANE 4, CANYON VIEW 1: No. 1 singles — Emily Wilson (H) def. Karina Ashdown (CV) 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 singles — Jennifer Payne (H) def. Megan DeLaigle (CV) 6-2, 6-1; No. 3 singles — Sydney Whittaker (CV) def. Shyanne Stratton (H) 6-4, 6-4.

No. 1 doubles — Madison Farish and Paige Maag (H) def. Kira Ashdown and Shellyn Olsen (CV) 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 doubles — Stefani Stratton and Sarah Wilson (H) def. Alexi Larson and Marissa Cain (CV) 6-2, 6-0.