Timpview looks to defend its state title.
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A rule of thumb: If you see four rackets on the court at Liberty Park for the Class 4A boys' tennis tournament, expect to see some good tennis.
Some of the best players in the state will be paired up at No. 1 doubles. Logan seniors Jordan Larsen and Hunter Ballam are returning for unfinished business after taking second last year. Woods Cross' Landon Oswald and Jens Nielsen are undefeated this season.
Maple Mountain's Kevin Rose and Andrew Blonquist believe they have the right to hoist the trophy, but Timpview's Joshua Harrison and Zack Simpson are ready to play the role of spoiler.
Timpview coach Robert Sperry likes that this isn't a two-horse race but a handful of teams battling for individual and state honors. Sperry, who is taking his squad to Liberty Park to defend its 2012 state title, thinks the players who can endure the heat and pressure while having fun will win.
"There are so many good, competitive teams this year that it is anyone's to win," Sperry said. "The difference will be those players that remain composed and have fun while playing. It should be an exciting tournament."
Timpview's Matt Pearce will try to win another state title by relying on his powerful backhand at No. 1 singles. He took the crown at No. 2 singles last season.
"He plays with good, controlled aggression, solid fundamentals," Sperry said. "There are high expectations for him to do well."
Spanish Fork coach Denise Daniels said eyes should be on Juan Diego in 3A action in St. George. With junior Brendan Kempin set at No.1 singles and freshman Ryan Kempin representing No.2 singles, the Soaring Eagle will be tough to beat.
Daniels said the Dons are putting a lot of hope in their doubles to earn top honors.
Senior Ben Rosenbaum and junior Jared Dixon went undefeated in regional play, and will compete at No. 1 doubles for the Dons.
Daniels hopes Rosenbaum and Dixon help spark a deep run.
"There is going to be a lot of good teams playing this week," she said. "I expect to see not just us but Desert Hills, Juan Diego and Dixie doing well."
Class 4A state tournament
Friday and Saturday at Liberty Park
No. 1 singles
• Cruz Thayne, Herriman, vs. Jameson Poulton, Bountiful
• Matt Pierce, Timpview, vs. Luke Dance, Mountain Crest
• Parker Jones, Bonneville, vs. Trevor O'Brien, Timpanogos
• Grant Hawks, Woods Cross, vs. Adam Ott, Olympus
• Austin Jeppsen, Sky View, vs. Aaron Keleman, Provo
• Jihoon Noh, Highland, vs. Ammon Mills, Murray
• Mike Polak, Skyline, vs. Steiner Paulsen, East
• Jon Dollahite, Mountain View, vs. Andrew Hugie
No. 2 singles
• Tyler Ross, Herriman, vs. Jake Hunt, Bountiful
• Paul Monson, Timpview, vs. Mitchell John, Mountain Crest
• Jay Walter, Bonneville, vs. Trevon Galbraith, Springville
• Chandler Paulsen, East, vs. John Ludlum, Hillcrest
• Jake Stevenson, Logan, vs. Nate Widmer, Timpanogos
• RJ Parker, Woods Cross, vs. Tyler Payne, Olympus
• Eric Debry, Skyline, vs. Will Taylor, Highland
• Aldo Maldonado, Mountain View, vs. Nathan Duncan, Sky View
No. 3 singles
• Tyler Rindlisbacher, Herriman, vs. Joe Cook, Highland
• Manuel Ortiz, Mountain View, vs. Ben Elgen, Mountain Crest
• Keith McMullin, Bonneville, vs. Zack Knell, Provo
• Jorgen Paulsen, East, vs. Blake Findley, Olympus
• Matt Robinson, Logan, vs. Ryan Porter, Maple Mountain
• Austin Kirk, Woods Cross, vs. Juno Kim, Hillcrest
• Aydin Tasevac, Skyline, vs. Nick Csere, Bountiful
• Mason Brockbank, Timpview, vs. Parker Jenks, Sky View
No. 1 doubles
• Hansi Kiessner/Andrew Williams, Skyline, vs. Josh Harris/Andrew Eyring, Bountiful
• Kevin Rose/Andrew Blonquist, Maple Mountain, vs. Matthew Leavitt/Tanner Davis, Orem
• Jordan Larsen/Hunter Ballam, Logan, vs. Mitch Patrick/Justin Stohlton, Timpanogos
• Sam Rasmussen/Adam Williams, East, vs. Daniel Nielsen/Forrest White, Herriman
• Tyler Heaton/Bobby Crofts, Bonneville, vs. Aaron Lewis/James McKell, Mountain View
• Landon Oswald/Jens Nielsen, Woods Cross, vs. Will Nguyen/Jason Jung, Murray
• Josh Ulrich/Jason Wright, Hillcrest, vs. Matt Baker/Matthew Wilson, Highland
• Joshua Harrison/Zack Simpson, Timpview, vs. Scott Johnson/Andrew Johnson, Mountain Crest
No. 2 doubles
• Aaron Hsu/Brantley Bond, Hillcrest, vs. Tyler Brown/Ethan Nakaya, Bountiful
• Matt Chandler/Nam Luu, Maple Mountain, vs. Tyler Chaney/Devan Mills, Mountain Crest
• Andrew Hopkins/James Larsen, Logan, vs. Brady Lindley/Austin Kocherans, Mountain View
• Mark Klekas/Paul Huntsman, Highland, vs. Hayden Mann/Ben Horne, Murray
• Tanner Heaton/Alex Hall, Bonneville, vs. Matt Heath/Reid Donakey, Timpanogos
• Ethan Johnson/Colin Cole, Woods Cross, vs. Alec Brown/Austin Stephens, Olympus
• Robbie Hall/Jeddy Hwang, Skyline, vs. Will Corbett/Gardner Dee, East
• Cole Mowlen/Sam Magnum, Timpview, vs. Andrew Johnson/Nathan Scott, Box Elder
Class 3A state tournament
Friday and Saturday at Green Valley Tennis Courts in St. George
No. 1 singles
• Braden Sandberg, Grantsville, vs. Kyle Barnett, Judge
• Nick Chingas, Spanish Fork, vs. Shayden Henton, Hurricane
• Tevan Balian, Dixie, vs. Tanner Castro, Morgan
• Scott Niederhauser, Wasatch, vs. Julio Arroyave, Tooele
• Will Bensen, Snow Canyon, vs. Dustin Allred, North Sanpete
• Brendan Kempin, Juan Diego, vs. Logan McBride, Stansbury
• Dallen Whitehead, Ogden, vs. Matt Groy, Park City
• Adam Pullan, Payson, vs. Clay Hardy, Desert Hills
No. 2 singles
• Colton Christiansen, Stansbury, vs. Rawson Simmons, Park City
• Nate Barrington, Spanish Fork, vs. Mitchell Hansen, Cedar City
• Micah Alba, Dixie, vs. Nate Evans, Bear River
• Kaden Neuberger, Wasatch, vs. TJ Hatch, Morgan
• Matt Douglas, Snow Canyon, vs. Taylor Springer, Payson
• Ryan Kempin, Juan Diego, vs. Kevin Chandler, Ogden
• Tyler Colson, Grantsville, vs. Connor McCoy, Judge
• Brent Watson, North Sanpete, vs. Micha Gaelwiler, Desert Hills
No. 3 singles
• Trevor Muse, Ogden, vs. Chase Larsen, Union
• Justin Ericksen, North Sanpete, vs. Seth Littleford, Cedar City
• Logan Wrigley, Snow Canyon, vs. Connor Miller, Ben Lomond
• Spencer Willette, Wasatch, vs. Jake Hardy, Stansbury
• Braden Evens, Desert Hills, vs. Evan Wride, Payson
• Brenton Reyner, Juan Diego, vs. Nate Johnson, Morgan
• Devin Orgill, Grantsville, vs. Jason Barth, Park City
• Creed Sermershein, Spanish Fork, vs. Nick Livingston, Dixie
No. 1 doubles
• Augmon Jolley/Mitch Walker, Bear River, vs. Zach Jackson/Graham Peterson, Park City
• Ben Rosenbaum/Jared Dixon, Spanish Fork, vs. Zach Staheli/Avery Cope, Dixie
• Mason Ford/Christian Davis, Desert Hills, vs. Ryan Lynch/Taylor Clark, Morgan
• Ryan Lowe/Rex Alley, Juan Diego, vs. Tanner Elsholz/Jacob May, Grantsville
• Jon Morgan/Devin Radmall, Snow Canyon, vs. Mason Taylor/Adam Fulmer, Payson
• Brandon Reemsnyder/Luke Ropner, Judge, vs. Josh Hardin/Brian Harris, Ben Lomond
• Kris Hallford/Skyler Swearngin, Ogden, vs. Dalton Roth/Josh Hunt, Uintah
• Matt Workman/Patrick Rawlinson, North Sanpete, vs. Zac Coonen/Cole Loveland, Cedar City
No. 2 doubles
• Sterling Brandley/Christian Gomez, Ben Lomond, vs. Nick Fuller/Dylan Zeiger, Juan Diego
• Zack Ence/Jordan Ericksen, North Sanpete, vs. Gray Robicheaux/Karter Beardal, Hurricane
• Preston Parmenter/Ryan McGinnis, Desert Hills, vs. Jordan Jenkins/Dakota Fidler, Stansbury
• JT Mellicker/Brian Tillman, Park City, vs. Ben Holland/Bobby Cuff, Morgan
• Nate Utley/Hunter McAurther, Snow Canyon, vs. Kyle Smith/Joey Morrison, Delta
• Jaren Hunsaker/Kameron Baird, Wasatch, vs. Nick Eccles/Riley Jones, Ogden
• Lane Sutton/Dallin Dalton, Grantsville, vs. Quinn Vu/Jackson Wills, Judge
• Robby Dixon/Aaron Startup, Spanish Fork, vs. Mason Aldred/Garrison Ganowsky, Dixie