Dixie High School Boys’ Tennis Team Team Photo, St. George, Utah, 2021 | Photo courtesy of Ron Enloe, St. George News
ST. GEORGE – The Dixie Flyers boys tennis team won the Region 9 championship on Thursday, sweeping the Cedar Reds to end the regular season unbeaten at 7-0.
Last Tuesday, Dixie beat Crimson Cliffs 3-2 in a close battle at Crimson Cliffs, with the Flyers winning both doubles matches and the Mustangs winning the No.1 and No.2 singles in consecutive sets.
This left Game 3 in singles as the deciding competition. Dixie’s Chase Poulton lost the first set to Crimson’s Jacob Brown, 6-7, but rebounded to win the second, 6-0. The third set also went to a tiebreaker, with Poulton winning 7-6 and giving Dixie the narrow 3-2 victory. The Mustangs went on to finish the season as region finalists, their only loss being to Dixie.
Dixie head coach Todd Staheli said the Flyers’ second doubles team, consisting of Korbin Suwyn and Brandon Snow, were undefeated in the regional game, while Dixie’s first doubles team Brady Madrid and Josh Barney, had lost only one game, to Coby Christenson and Kaden Koch of Pine View.
Christenson and Koch, who went undefeated in the regional game at 7-0, are 26-1 overall, their only loss to Lone Peak in a preseason tournament.
“Our doubles teams and the Pine View teams have steadily improved throughout the season,” said Staheli. “They have all had a good year and are peaking at the right time.”
Staheli said his Flyers are likely to face tough challenges from the Crimson Cliffs and Pine View players during the Region 9 tournament next weekend.
“We don’t have any superstars, but we have a really strong group of players and it has worked well for us,” said Staheli.
Staheli added that although Poulton, a senior, did not play in Dixie’s opener against Canyon View, he has won all of his No. 3 college singles games since then.
Crimson Cliffs saw their top two singles go 7-0 in the region’s game, as rookie Max Miner won all of his No.1 singles matches in straight sets and senior Zach Sodorff also went undefeated in second single.
Crimson Cliffs head coach Colin Brown praised the two players, who have led the up-and-coming Mustangs throughout the season.
“Max is a solid player, obviously,” said Brown of Miner, who has been playing tennis since the age of 5. “It’s only his first year (in high school), so he’s got a lot of years ahead of him.”
Sodorff, meanwhile, is the only Mustang with state tournament experience, having qualified for the state in his sophomore year in 2019 when he played for Snow Canyon. All high school spring sports activities were canceled throughout Utah the following year due to COVID-19, meaning Crimson Cliffs was unable to play boys’ tennis in his first year as a than school.
Region players will be ranked based on their season records in next weekend’s Region 9 tournament, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Tonaquint Tennis Center in St. George. The single elimination tournament starts at 9 a.m. on both days.
The top six players in the region will then move on to the state Tournament 4A, scheduled for May 14-15 at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.
April 20 results
- Snow Canyon def. Hurricane 3-2.
- Crimson Cliffs def. Desert Hills 5-0.
- Dixie def. View of the pine tree 3-2.
- Cedar def. View of the canyon 5-0.
April 22 results
- Pine View def. Cedar 4-1.
- Dixie def. Snow Canyon 5-0.
- Crimson Cliffs def. Hurricane 3-2.
- Desert Hills def. View of the canyon 5-0.
April 27 results
- Pine View def. Snow Canyon 5-0.
- Hurricane def. View of the canyon 5-0.
- Desert Hills def. Cedar 4-1.
- Dixie def. Crimson Cliffs 3-2.
April 29 results
- Snow Canyon def. View of the canyon 5-0.
- Dixie def. Cedar 5-0.
- Desert Hills def. Hurricane 5-0.
- Crimson Cliffs def. View of the pine tree 3-2.
Region 9 Men’s Regular Season Tennis Final Ranking
- Dixie 7-0
- Crimson Cliffs 6-1
- Pine view 5-2
- Desert Hills 4-3
- Cedar 3-4
- Snow Canyon 2-5
- Hurricane 1-6
- Canyon View 0-7
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