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Tigers roll past Panthers

 

Mar 19, 2013   |  

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ST. GEORGE — To replace a top flight prep tennis player at the prep level is usually a daunting task. This is precisely the challenge facing Hurricane High’s Shayden Hinton.
 
The senior takes over the Tigers’ No. 1 singles spot this season in hopes of seeing as much, if not more, success than his predecessor Duncan Alger, who graduated last year.
 
“I am ready for the challenge first singles brings, and I am confident I’ll do well this year,” Hinton said. “My style of tennis is being patient and hitting my shots deep until my opponent hits a shorter shot, so I can get up to the net, and do what I do best.”
 
Hinton looked sharp on Tuesday evening, rolling past Pine View’s Peter Neve in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, during their season opener Tuesday.
 
Hinton, a southpaw, demonstrated solid all-around skills in the win. In particular, the veteran showed consistent and powerful forehand shots to all points of the court. His accuracy and velocity put Neve in many tough spots, which resulted in many forced errors.
 
In the second set, leading 3-1, Hinton dictated the tempo with a stellar serve. This put the Tiger in great position to redirect Neve’s returns. Case in point was Hinton’s winner down the line followed by a pinpoint accurately placed ace in the left service court. Neve couldn’t turn the tide and committed two more errors to secure Hinton the game, and a 4-1 lead.
 
“Shayden has a good serve and is exceptional with his court strategy,” said Hurricane coach Marc Manuele. “Shayden won’t beat himself. He’s a smart player that puts a lot of pressure on the opponent.”
 
Neve, however, did attempt to rally and eventually battled back in the sixth game of the second set.
 
The returning letterman ran off a couple of impressive backhands into the right baseline corner that Hinton struggled to return. The Panthers’ veteran cut the deficit to 4-2.
 
Yet in the ensuing game, Hinton held serve and got back on track.
 
A kill shot at the net secured another game in his favor. Although it wasn’t Hinton’s cleanest hit of the day, bouncing off the top of the net and dribbling towards the center mark near Neve, it did give him a 5-2 lead and a chance to close out the match.
 
Neve couldn’t rebound in the final game, double-faulting to end it, securing Hinton the set and match victory.
 
While it’s only the season opener, Hinton looked to be in midseason form. He credits working throughout the offseason with teammate Karter Beardal (state semifinal doubles partner in 2012) and tennis instructor Dave Crawford. In conjunction with Manuele’s practice drills, and summer tournaments, Hinton added all of these components have helped prepare him to make a strong senior push in Region 9.
 
Beardal also saw success on Tuesday, defeating Aaron Fielding at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-3.
 
“Karter’s strengths are hitting the ball to his opponents backhand with accuracy and speed, keeping his opponents back on the baseline,” Hinton said. “He (Karter) does whatever he can to win every point. I’ve seen him dive for a ball during a tournament at Tonaquint. (Although) he got his knees all scraped up, Karter still played the rest of the match, and it just shows his and our teams’ character.”
 
As a team, Hurricane rolled 4-1 over Pine View. Despite graduating five seniors from the previous group, the Tigers remain confident they can compete in one of the state’s toughest tennis regions.
 
“We have a pretty good group of kids this year,” Hinton said. “With Karter and I leading the way, our team expectations are to play our best in every match, and never give up on any points. Our whole varsity team is planning on going to state.”
 
In other action, Kelton Jacobsen (PV) outlasted Jon Payne (H) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 singles. In No. 1 doubles, Ben Perkins and Lincoln Last (H) defeated Neal Patton and Andrew Jackson, 6-0, 6-2.
 
In No. 2 doubles, Greg Robicheaux and Zac Pickering (H) rolled past Ryan Sudweeks and Jacob Shepherd, 6-3, 6-0.