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CCHS girls tennis eighth at state; No. 2 doubles finish in final four

Nov 01, 2022 07:35PM ● By Catherine Garrett

By Catherine Garrett | [email protected]

Corner Canyon’s No. 2 doubles pairing of Mia Judd/senior Eisley Nestman made a run at the 6A state tournament before losing in the semifinal round to eventual champions Lily Broadbent/Naomi Johnson of Skyridge 6-2, 6-3 at Liberty Park Oct. 8. The duo’s finish helped the Chargers to an eighth-place finish at state.

“They became an amazing doubles team,” said head coach Allison Rideout, of her team who actually defeated Broadbent/Johnson in the Region 4 tournament just before state.

After a bye in the first round, Judd/Nestman defeated two sets of opponents in straight sets—Weber’s Malorie Davis/Millie Hardy 6-2, 6-0 in the second round and Riverton’s Savannah Skadal/Olivia Skadal 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals—to reach the semis.

Corner Canyon’s No. 1 doubles team of senior Emma Bench/senior Lauren Ashton advanced to the quarterfinals, losing to eventual champions Savannah Johnson/Kaia Sperry of Skyridge 6-1, 6-1. Their earlier matches included wins over Kearns’ Kayla Richardson/Keira Kemp in the first round and Herriman’s Sophia Sharp/Taygen Pounds 6-4, 6-4 in the second.

The three singles spots for CCHS also competed at state with all losing in the second round. At No. 1 singles, senior Jacquelyn Marsh beat West Jordan’s Heidi Pfieffe in the first round and then lost to American Fork’s Delyanie Roper. Senior Sierra Strong, playing at No. 2 singles, beat West Jordan’s Amelia Henderson in the first round before losing to Riverton’s Ashlyn Robbins. No. 3 singles player Mazie Purser, a senior, had a bye in the first round and was then defeated by Davis’ Annisey Goaslind in the second.

“We were so excited that all five lines made it to state this year,” Rideout said. “The girls all competed very well.”

Rideout noted the contributions of all of her seniors, which also included Katie Kessler, Kadee Goldberg, Shaelyn Preede, Ellie Aoki and Saige Talbot.

“It was a great season for Corner Canyon tennis,” Rideout said. “It is a huge loss to our program to lose 11 amazing seniors.”

Rideout was assisted on the coaching staff this year by Adrien Jenkins and Benji Rideout.