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Dixie edges Hurricane in early tennis test

Dixie edges Hurricane in early tennis test

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HURRICANE — Kenedi Cooper knows how difficult No. 1 singles can be in Region 9. It was this knowledge as to why she entered the new season with nerves.

After being appointed the top position at Dixie High, she’s finding out first-hand the type of talent within the community. But in her second match, the junior found her groove to pick up her first win on Tuesday evening.

Cooper’s strong groundstrokes and excellent precision down the lines was enough to propel her to a straight sets (6-2 and 6-2) victory over Madison Farish of Hurricane.

“It’s really different, but I’m adjusting,” said Cooper, who played No. 3 singles last year. “Playing all of these talented girls is definitely challenging, but I’m going to keep working hard and see what I can do.”

In the second set, and leading 3-2, Cooper had a chance to break serve and gain a big advantage.

The Flyer reached back from the center mark and unleashed an excellent forehand to the right corner to go up love-30. On the next point, Cooper again put pressure on Farish with powerful forehands near the baseline, eventually leading to a Tigers hitting error.

Cooper closed out the game with another solid forehand to the back of the baseline, which Farish returned with a backhand that was hit out.

Cooper cruised to the win and took that momentum to close out the ensuing two games to secure the match win.

“I felt like I could’ve played better, it was definitely hot today (triple-digits), and I think that impacted the feel of my groundstrokes a little bit,” Cooper said. “But it’s a good win, and I just need to keep working and improving, especially with my approach shots and serving.”

In No. 2 singles, Emily Wilson earned a solid victory, defeating Sarah Robison in straight sets (6-3 and 6-0).

“I thought that I moved really well and hit some good ground strokes,” Wilson said. “We’re (Hurricane) not completely assigned to playing positions yet, and we’re just going to keep shifting lineups through the preseason until we feel we have the best lineup.”

Dixie secured the team victory, 3-2 over Hurricane.

Paige Maag (Hurricane) defeated Kylee Thayne 6-4 and 6-3 in No. 3 singles.

Dixie’s Savannah Ream and Moriah Spainhower defeated Stefani Stratton and Sarah Wilson in No. 1 doubles. And in No. 2 doubles, Kirra Wilkinson and Riley Stewart (Dixie) outlasted Jennifer Payne and Shyanne Stratton 6-3 and 7-5.

DESERT HILLS 5, CANYON VIEW 0: Maddi Black (DH) defeated Karina Ashdown (CV) 6-2, 6-0 (No. 1 singles); Olivia Shakespeare (DH) defeated Sydney Whittaker (CV) 6-3, 6-0 (No. 2 singles); Sheridan Kimball (DH) defeated Megan Delaigle (CV) 6-1, 6-1 (No. 3 singles).

Sadie Gladwell/Madison Hales (DH) defeated Shellyn Olsen/Kira Ashdown (CV) 6-2, 6-0 (No. 1 doubles); Kyleigh Graff/Ashley Rogers (DH) defeated Alexi Larson/Marissa Cain (CV) 6-0, 6-1 (No. 2 doubles).