Lady Titans capture fifth straight state tennis championship
Nov 06, 2018 02:14PM
● By Jana Klopsch
Olympus girls tennis tied with Timpview to share another state championship, making this their fifth straight state championship. (Photo courtesy Jenny Watts)
By Josh McFadden | email@example.com
The Olympus girls tennis team has built quite a dynasty.
The Titans added to their hardware by capturing yet another state tournament title at this year’s Class 5A tournament, held Oct. 4, 6 at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. Olympus now has an impressive string of five consecutive state championships. It won the 5A crown last season after capturing top honors in Class 4A in 2014–2016. The Titans were also runners-up in 2013, nearly making this a six-year streak.
This year’s championship was actually a tie, but the Titans will take it.
Olympus shared the 5A crown with Timpview, as both teams tallied 16 points at the two-day tournament. Alta and Corner Canyon were a distant third with nine points apiece.
Two Olympus players won individual championships, giving the team eight of its 16 points. Second singles competitor Katie Longson, a senior who went 10-1 during the regular season, was first in her division. Teammate Anzley Stohl, a sophomore, won it all in her division after going a perfect 11-0 during the regular season.
Longson didn’t lose a set at state until she got to the finals. She breezed in the first round, winning over her opponent from Viewmont 6-1, 6-0. In the second round, she prevailed over her competition from Wasatch by the score of 6-3, 6-3. She took care of business in the semifinals by the same 6-3, 6-3 score over Alta’s Brinley Horton, who had lost just one match all year. She faced stiff competition in the finals against Sophie Hastings of Highland, but outlasted her 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 to bring home the top prize. It was a great way to cap off her senior season, especially after coming up just short a year ago when she lost in the finals in third singles.
Stohl had no trouble in the first round against a player from Maple Mountain, prevailing 6-0, 6-0. The second round was much tougher, as Sarah Ovard, an undefeated player from Alta, took her to three sets before Stohl managed a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory. Stohl was strong in the semifinals, winning 6-0, 6-2 over Abby Wiles of Corner Canyon. Then, in the finals, she took down Timpview’s Avery Pope 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.
In first singles, senior Emma Jewel, who lost just once during the regular season, reached the semifinals before bowing out to Emilee Astle of Alta 7-5, 7-5. Jewel won her first two matches easily, blanking an opponent from Cottonwood 6-0, 6-0 and routing a player from Skyridge 6-2, 6-0.
The second doubles pair of Addie Zimmerman (a junior) and Abby Harris (a senior) went 8-3 on the season and reached the semifinals at state. They won in round one 6-0, 6-1 and in the second round 6-2, 6-2. Their season came to an end with a loss to a pair from Woods Cross, 6-4, 6-4.
First singles teammates Jane Reese (a junior) and Cambry Robbins (a sophomore) posted a 9-4 regular season record. They qualified for state but lost in the first round 6-1, 6-1.