On April 21, the Carbon High boy’s tennis team traveled to Payson. Since one of the players had broken his hand over the weekend, his teammates had to be moved up, playing in a higher experience bracket than they were used to.
Lance LaCotta played at #1 singles and lost 0-6, 1-6. Kaden Olson played at #2 singles and lost 0-6, 0-6. In both cases, an inexperienced player played against someone with eight or more years of experience. The team had to forfeit #3 because they didn’t have enough players.
Zane Whitmer and Andrew Richens played at #1 doubles and lost 1-6, 3-6. Vincent Anella and Isaiah Kobe played at #2 doubles and lost 1-6, 1-6.
The team then played at home on Wednesday against Richfield. Zane Whitmer played #1 singles, dropping the match 1-6, 2-6. Andrew Richens played #2 singles and did well, but lost 1-6, 3-6. Lance LaCotta played #3 singles and lost 1-6, 2-6.
At #1 doubles, Vincent Anella and Kaden Olson teamed up. The duo surprised the region’s top doubles team by staying with them for the first four games of the match. They played well, but the other team’s experience finally gave them the match, 4-6, 0-6.
#2 doubles was Canden Stockdale and Isaiah Kobe. As the two youngest players they worked hard and did well, but lost 0-6, 1-6.
“Our biggest problems are not having enough players on the team and a lack of experience prior to having played for the school,” head coach Pete Rigg’s commented. “We will be trying to remedy those problems. There will be numerous opportunities for kids to try tennis this summer and next fall. Carbon Rec is already running the spring tennis program. We don’t need everybody to come out, but we would love to see more interest and participation during the summer with the rec program.”
The coach believes that participation in the summer program will greatly help the team compete with other schools.