It may be just the second season of tennis at Corner Canyon, but the Chargers are making noise on the tennis courts.
The Corner Canyon girls tennis team qualified the entire varsity squad for the State 4A tournament, held Oct. 9 and 11 at Liberty Park, after storming through the season with a 5-1 team record.
“We brought back all of our varsity team except the number one singles player from last season,” Charger coach Mykel Seeborg said. “And we added some additional players that helped us get through.”
The Chargers were led this season by senior Jenna Fosdick, the team’s number one singles player. Fosdick was one of the returning players from last season where she made it to the state tournament as the number two singles player.
“Fosdick is our most valuable player,” Seeborg said. “She set the example for the team and set a tone that will be here for years to come. She handled her business on the court. She continued the spirit and example of what playing number one singles is all about.”
Fosdick ended the season with a 5-3 record and finished third overall in the Region 7 tournament, held Oct. 2-3 in Orem.
Joining Fosdick from last season were seniors Peyton Shinoff, Courtney Winegar, Madeleine Dean and Savanah Sherwood; along with juniors Regan Holmes and Lexi Redden. Winegar and Redden teamed up again for the number one doubles team and secured a state bid with a fourth-place region finish. Sherwood and Dean also made it to state as the number two doubles.
But injuries forced Shinoff and Holmes out for most of the season. A back injury sidelined Shinoff on her senior season and a leg injury stopped Holmes.
“It is kind of a letdown for Shinoff because it is her senior year, but both players stayed and cheered our team on,” Seeborg said. “And we ended up doing pretty well, despite having two key players injured.”
The Chargers did well thanks to the addition of two freshmen who stepped in and took over the two vacant singles spots. Addie Sepulveda finished second in region play at the number two singles slot, while classmate Raili Jenkins came in at fourth to earn a state spot in No. 3 singles. Sepulveda’s older brother, Nick led last season’s boys’ team. Jenkins came to Corner Canyon after moving to Draper from Texas.
It was the two freshmen that went the furthest at State. Jenkins made it to the semi finals before losing out and Sepulveda played in the championship game, emerging as runner up.
“Jenkins was a surprise for our team, in a good way,” Seeborg said. “I get to have both girls for three more years, so tennis will still be bright at Corner Canyon for a while.”