Prep boys' tennis: Viewmont, Mountain View repeat as 5A, 4A champs
The Viewmont Vikings were queued up just outside the gate of Sam Tullis' last high school match. Fighting to remain silent as Tullis battled through match point with Riverton's Ty Burke, they erupted in celebration as Tullis watched Burke's shot fall out of bounds.
After waiting for Tullis to shake Burke's hand at midcourt, they stormed the court when the three-time singles champion launched a ball towards the sky and screamed, "Let's go!"
The new juggernaut in Class 5A boys' tennis gang-tackled Tullis. After the Vikings completed a repeat as state champions, Tullis said he wanted the team win more than a personal title.
"I've done both, and a team victory is five times better," Tullis said. "It is so much better to take it as a team."
Junior Jake Tullis defeated Keaton Mathis of Lehi, 6-0, 6-2 in 2nd singles. He celebrated his brother's third consecutive title but recognized that now he'll have to work throughout the summer to fill Sam's shoes.
"It's going to be sad to see him leave; he's done so much for this program," Jake Tullis said. "But now I gotta play first, and there's a lot of work ahead."
Freshman Jared Mansell of Brighton downed Jack Taylor for 3rd singles. Teammates Cheyenne Perry and Mitchell Mansell won 1st doubles with McKay Bruse and Braydon Barlow of Davis taking 2nd doubles.
In Class 4A, Mountain View's Jon Dollahite locked horns with Olympus' Caleb Brand in the 1st singles final. With marathon rallies and a good-natured camaraderie on the court, Dollahite's overpowering service and pinpoint accuracy proved to be the difference-maker. The sophomore credited his opponent for an excellent match for his first state title.
"He's a great player and good friend. It's always a pleasure to play him," Dollahite said. "We know each other's game pretty well. Today it was just a matter of who could execute better."
With teammate Manuel Ortiz winning 2nd singles, Mountain View was able to repeat as state 4A state champions. Dollahite said that securing a team title was just as important as individual accomplishments.
"Everybody works so hard, driving each other," Dollahite said. "You have to work together to help improve everyone's game. It's great getting a team title."
O It's a family affair as Sam and Jake Tullis of Viewmont win 1st and 2nd singles. The Vikings repeat as 5A state champions.
• Riverton's Ty Burke and Sam Tullis, who used to be doubles partners, face off in the 5A 1st singles championship.
• Sophomore Jon Dollahite of Mountain View defeats Caleb Brand in the 4A 1st singles, 6-1, 6-4.
1st singles • Sam Tullis (Viewmont) def. Ty Burke (Riverton), 6-2, 6-2
2nd singles • Jake Tullis (Viewmont) def. Keaton Mathis (Lehi), 6-0, 6-2
3rd singles • Jared Mansell (Brighton) def. Jack Taylor (Viewmont), 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
1st doubles • Cheyenne Perry & Mitchell Mansell (Brighton) def. Jens Filmore & Henry Blackburn (Viewmont), 5-7, 6-0, 6-2
2nd doubles • McKay Bruse & Braydon Barlow (Davis) def. Matt Tobler & Matt Sorensen (Bingham), 4-6, 6-1, 7-5
Team scores • Viewmont (21), Brighton (17), Davis (10), Bingham (7), Pleasant Grove (6), Lone Peak (6)
1st singles • Jon Dollahite (Mountain View) def. Caleb Brand (Olympus), 6-1, 6-4
2nd singles • Manuel Ortiz (Mountain View) def. McKay Luu (Maple Mountain), 6-0, 6-2
3rd singles • Zach Simpson (Timpview) def. Collin Eaton (Maple Mountain), 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
1st doubles • Tyler Heaton & Tanner Heaton (Bonneville) def. Andrew Eyring & Trevor Lloyd (Bountiful), 4-6, 7-6, 6-2
2nd doubles • Austin Creer & Taft Holzer (Mountain Crest) def. Tyler Brown & Ethan Nakaya (Bountiful), 6-4, 7-6
Team scores • Mountain View (14), Maple Mountain (11), Woods Cross (10), Timpview (10), Bonneville (9)