Dixie, Desert Hills and Snow Canyon came into the Region 9 tournament tied for first place Saturday.
Each team was trying to prove which one was the best and which team would take the No. 1 seed in the state tournament next week. The seven Region 9 teams took to the court at the Green Valley Spa and Resort’s tennis courts.
“I really liked playing the tournament and I like Green Valley, the courts here,” Dixie’s Tevan Balian said. “All the players are really nice. It was just a lot of fun.”
Dixie claimed first place in all three singles matches with top-seeded Balian taking home the first singles region championship.
“I had a bye for the first round, so I played one match (Friday) and one game (Saturday),” Balian said. “What I would do to prepare for (multiple matches in a day) is eat and sleep decent hours really. If you can just get a good amount of energy to start your day, you can keep going.”
Balian beat Snow Canyon’s Matt Douglas to take first. Dixie’s second and third singles Micah Alba and Luke Heaton also took first and will be a No. 1 seed in the state tournament.
“The kids know each other so well, they all play at the same clubs and have all been hitting with each other for a long time,” Dixie head coach Eric Christensen said. “You kinda have some expectations going into it and this is about how I expected it to go. It’s just kinda staying focused I guess.”
Desert Hills took home both doubles championships by beating out both Snow Canyon doubles for the championship. Preston Parmenter and Austin Hardy knocked off Devin Radmall and Hunter McArthur in first singles, while Christian Davis and Clay Hardy beat Jon Morgan and Trevor Muse in second doubles.
Both Parmenter and Davis are heading back to state after winning the title last year in first and second doubles respectively.
Christensen said he is excited for state, but is worried about playing against Juan Diego because of the three Kempin brothers. Two of those brothers, Brendan and Ryan won state last year. The youngest brother, a freshman, is playing his first year of high school athletics.
Balian and Alba from Dixie both were the runner-up last year in state and both hope to bring home that championship.
The state championship will take place May 9-10 in Salt Lake City.