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Prep tennis: Lone Peak leads in 5A title chase
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She held on through the handshake, through picking up her racket and collecting her things.

But when she saw her Alta teammates waiting on the edge of the court, Emily Tanner couldn't contain herself any longer. She dashed to them, hugging them as she basked in the glow of one of her best wins in her high school career.

"I'm so happy, this is like the greatest," the junior said. "I'm so excited."

Tanner's exuberance came at the expense of Davis' Alexis Turley, one of the top seeds in first singles at the Class 5A state tennis tournament at Liberty Park. The three-set victory for Tanner simultaneously kept the defending champion Hawks alive, hurt Davis' own hopes and helped put Lone Peak in the driver's seat in the team title chase.

The Knights, who split the title with Alta last year, are the only ones who had all five entrants move into Saturday's semifinals. Davis is just behind with four semifinalists, while Alta, Bingham and Cottonwood each have three.

Lone Peak didn't drop a set on the day. All of the Knights were solid Wednesday, but perhaps none more so than Megan Call and Electra Cochran, who scored a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Hunter in the second round.

"We kind of have the same relaxed personality," Call said. "I know she's got my back when I mess up. But I think when it matters most, we play our best."

Aside from Turley's surprise exit, the Darts had a lot of success on Day 1, with both doubles teams sneaking through, as well as wins in second and third singles. Sophomore Breezy Turley, sister of Alexis, won second singles last year, and she played like a favorite Wednesday in a 6-0, 6-2 second-round win.

"There definitely is a lot more pressure on me this year," she said. "The target is on my back. The hardest thing was watching my sister, though. She left it all out on the court."

The toughest singles contenders from other teams might be Cottonwood's Katie Sweet and Sarah Sturt, who both made their respective finals last year. Both of Bingham's doubles teams still are in the mix, and Alta's Mariah Petersen is one of the top players remaining in third singles. —

Saturday's schedule

First singles

Emily Tanner, Alta vs. Brooke Burnside, West

Taylor Calton, Lone Peak vs. Katie Sweet, Cottonwood

Second singles

Breezy Turley, Davis vs. Sophie Sorhaitz, Pleasant Grove

Leah Heimuli, Lone Peak vs. Sarah Sturt, Cottonwood

Third singles

Jensen Emery, Davis vs. Ally Cowdell, Bingham

Morgan Hall, Lone Peak vs. Mariah Petersen, Alta

First doubles

Kendall Sargent and Kira Sparks, Davis vs. Jaelyn Peterson and Amanda Balls, Bingham

Megan Call and Electra Cochran, Lone Peak vs. Sarah Cutler and Jenna Fosdick, Alta

Second doubles

Alyssa Sheehan and Liz Watkins, Davis vs. Haley Schettler and Lauren Allen, Lone Peak

Molly Reeder and Jean Noh, Bingham vs. MaKensie Morris and Cassidy Brown, Cottonwood

Prep tennis results

First singles

First round • Emily Tanner, Alta, def. Cassie Cowdell, Bingham (6-0, 6-0)

First round • Alexis Turley, Davis, def. Jordan Beutler, Hunter (6-0, 6-1)

First round • Brooke Burnside, West, def. Cloe Johnson, Layton (6-0, 6-1)

First round • Sarah Clifford, Pleasant Grove, def. Carlie Greer, Jordan (6-0, 6-0)

First round • McKelle Sanders, Viewmont, def. Nicole Binks, Weber (6-0, 6-0)

First round • Taylor Calton, Lone Peak, def. Amy Johnson, Brighton (6-0, 6-1)

First round • Katie Sweet, Cottonwood, def. Britlyn Hauver, Lehi (6-0, 6-0)

First round • Gabrielle Goris, Northridge, def. Jilea Fobair, Taylorsville (6-1, 6-0)

Second round • Emily Tanner, Alta, def. Alexis Turley, Davis (6-2, 3-6, 6-4)

Second round • Brooke Burnside, West, def. Sarah Clifford, Pleasant Grove (7-6, 6-4)

Second round • Taylor Calton, Lone Peak, def. McKelle Sanders, Viewmont (6-2, 6-1)

Second round • Katie Sweet, Cottonwood, def. Gabrielle Goris (6-0, 6-0)

Second singles

First round • Lexi Hansen, Bingham, def. Sarah Willes, Alta (6-3, 6-2)

First round • Breezy Turley, Davis, def. Tori Byington, Kearns (6-0, 6-0)

First round • Emily Lemmon, Viewmont, def. Courtney Tietjen, Northridge (6-1, 6-1)

First round • Sophie Sorhaitz, Pleasant Grove, def. Brooke Spackman, Brighton (6-0, 6-0)

First round • Karishma Shah, West, def. McKayla Harrison, Weber (6-1, 6-3)

First round • Leah Heimuli, Lone Peak, def. Merenda Smith, Jordan (6-0, 6-0)

First round • Sarah Sturt, Cottonwood, def. BrieOcea Harris, Lehi (6-2, 6-2)

First round • Joanna Racine, Layton, def. Sidnee Huff, Taylorsville (6-2, 6-1)

Second round • Breezy Turley, Davis, def. Lexi Hansen, Bingham (6-0, 6-2)

Second round • Sophie Sorhaitz, Pleasant Grove, def. Emily Lemmon, Viewmont (6-1, 6-4)

Second round • Leah Heimuli, Lone Peak, def. Karishma Shah, West (6-1, 6-1)

Second round • Sarah Sturt, Cottonwood, def. Joanna Racine, Layton (6-0, 6-2)

Third singles

First round • Keslee Amussen, Pleasant Grove, def. Lea Ljubucic, Cottonwood (4-6, 6-3, 6-4)

First round • Jensen Emery, Davis, def. Macey Almond, Hunter (6-0, 6-0)

First round • Cathy Zhang, West, def. Hadlie Visser, Northridge (6-0, 6-0)

First round • Ally Cowdell, Bingham, def. Aspen Landgren, Brighton (6-1, 6-0)

First round • Aubree Fowers, Fremont, def. Mikki Hayward, Taylorsville (6-2, 6-2)

First round • Morgan Hall, Lone Peak, def. Kim Pickerell, Jordan (6-0, 6-0)

First round • Mariah Petersen, Alta, def. Mallory Lott, Lehi (6-0, 6-0)

First round • Mallory McKnight, Weber, def. Nena Fillmore, Viewmont (6-1, 3-6, 6-1)

Second round • Jensen Emery, Davis, def. Keslee Amussen, Pleasant Grove (6-4, 6-4)

Second round • Ally Cowdell, Bingham, def. Cathy Zhang, West (6-4, 6-0)

Second round • Morgan Hall, Lone Peak, def. Aubree Fowers, Fremont (6-0, 6-1)

Second round • Mariah Petersen, Alta, def. Mallory McKnight, Weber (6-4, 6-0)

First doubles

First round • Katie Rees and Sydney Davis, Cottonwood, def. Kylie Walker and Amanda Withers, Lehi (6-4, 6-3)

First round • Kendall Sargent and Kira Sparks, Davis, def. Lucia Guerra and Jeannette Jiang, West (6-0, 6-2)

First round • Morgan Robinson and Abby Walker, Viewmont, def. Sierra Shaw and Raline Maples, Fremont (6-2, 6-2)

First round • Jaelyn Peterson and Amanda Balls, Bingham, def. Jesse Brown and Stephanie Timm, Brighton (6-2, 4-6, 6-0)

First round • Lasi Finau and Jessica Turley, Hunter, def. Megan Benson and Breanna Taylor, Layton (6-0, 1-6, 6-3)

First round • Megan Call and Electra Cochran, Lone Peak, def. Sydney Jensen and Larissa Butler, Jordan (6-0, 6-1)

First round • Sarah Cutler and Jenna Fosdick, Alta, def. Kasey McMullin and Tessa Nelson, American Fork (6-1, 6-2)

First round • Tiffany Taggart and Marissa Erickson, Syracuse, def. Hannah Dailami and Kimberly Gabbitas, Taylorsville (6-2, 6-0)

Second round • Kendall Sargent and Kira Sparks, Davis, def. Katie Rees and Sydney Davis, Cottonwood (6-2, 6-4)

Second round • Jaelyn Peterson and Amanda Balls, Bingham, def. Morgan Robinson and Abby Walker, Viewmont (5-7, 6-1, 6-2)

Second round • Megan Call and Electra Cochran, Lone Peak, def. Lasi Finau and Jessica Turley, Hunter (6-2, 6-0)

Second round • Sarah Cutler and Jenna Fosdick, Alta, def. Tiffany Taggart and Marissa Erickson, Syracuse (6-0, 6-1)

Second doubles

First round • Emily Winegar and Reagan Holmes, Alta, def. Bailey Fruit and Kierra Williams, Pleasant Grove (6-2, 7-6)

First round • Alyssa Sheehan and Liz Watkins, Davis, def. Nadine Edmunds and Kendra Peterson, Taylorsville (6-0, 6-1)

First round • Rachael Gutke and Sara Marple, Viewmont, def. Ireland Maguire and Jessica Ferrin, Fremont (6-2, 6-0)

First round • Haley Schettler and Lauren Allen, Lone Peak, def. Anna Hunt and Alyssa Hirschi, Brighton (6-1, 6-3)

First round • McKenzie Ovard and Carly Carpener, Layton, def. Kim Tabligan and Dannia Tan, Granger (6-1, 6-3)

First round • Molly Reeder and Jean Noh, Bingham, def. Bailey Toone and Jenni Milne, Jordan (6-3, 6-3)

First round • MaKensie Morris and Cassidy Brown, Cottonwood, def. Gentry Peterson and Kacie Pontius (6-3, 6-0)

First round • Sara Harward and Madison Saddler, Syracuse, def. Brooke Rose and Ruyan Zhang (6-1, 6-2)

Second round • Alyssa Sheehan and Liz Watkins, Davis, def. Emily Winegar and Reagan Holmes, Alta (6-2, 1-6, 6-0)

Second round • Haley Schettler and Lauren Allen, Lone Peak, def. Rachael Gutke and Sara Marple, Viewmont (6-4, 6-3)

Second round • Molly Reeder and Jean Noh, Bingham, def. McKenzie Ovard and Carly Carpener, Layton (6-1, 6-0)

Second round • MaKensie Morris and Cassidy Brown, Cottonwood, def. Sara Harward and Madison Saddler, Syracuse (6-2, 6-2)

Prep tennis • Alta singles player scores key upset that affects the standings.
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