SPORTS - "Lady Bears tennis dominates the court in pre-season play"

BEAR RIVER HIGH – By Cari Doutre – August 25, 2020


A group of talented athletes from Bear River High School’s girls’ tennis team are making a big impact on the court in early 2020 pre-season play.

Bear River High junior Erika Olsen is currently undefeated at first singles in varsity play.

The Lady Bears traveled to Spanish Fork on August 21-22, for a non-region tournament against some of Utah’s toughest teams in the state. The Bears had an amazing performance on the court taking third place overall as a team.

The 2020 Bear River girls’ tennis team includes senior captains Carisa Epling and Paige Petersen.

Up next for the Bears is a Region 11 home meet vs. Mountain Crest High School on Tuesday, August 25, at 3:30 p.m. The Bears will also host Region 11’s Logan High School on Thursday, August 27, at 3:30 p.m.

Here’s how the Lady Bears have stacked up so far this season:


SPANISH FORK TOURNAMENT - August 21-22


BEAR RIVER 3, UINTAH 2 August 21

FIRST SINGLES: Erika Olsen, (8-1) win

SECOND SINGLES: Kelby Jensen, (8-8, 4-7) loss

THIRD SINGLES: Carisa Epling, (8-8, 7-1) win

FIRST DOUBLES: Katiejo Litchford and Jessa Carlson, (4-8) loss

SECOND DOUBLES: Brooklyn Francom and Kylee Stevens, (8-6) win


BEAR RIVER 3, PINE VIEW 2August 21

FIRST SINGLES: Erika Olsen, (8-1) win

SECOND SINGLES: Carisa Epling, (4-8) loss

THIRD SINGLES: Shannon Epling, (5-7) loss

FIRST DOUBLES: Kelby Jensen and Paige Petersen, (8-3) win

SECOND DOUBLES: Jessa Carlson and Maddie Bywater, (8-4) win


BEAR RIVER 3, PINE VIEW 2 – August 22

FIRST SINGLES: Erika Olsen, (8-0) win

SECOND SINGLES: Kelby Jensen, (9-7) win

THIRD SINGLES: Katiejo Litchford, (8-3) win

FIRST DOUBLES: Carisa Epling and Shannon Epling, (4-8) loss

SECOND DOUBLES: Jessa Carlson and Katiejo Litchford, 3-8 loss


SALEM HILLS 4, BEAR RIVER 1 – August 22

FIRST SINGLES: Erika Olsen, (8-0) win

SECOND SINGLES: Kelby Jensen, (8-5) loss

THIRD SINGLES: Katiejo Litchford, (8-0) loss

FIRST DOUBLES: Carisa Epling and Shannon Epling, (8-1) loss

SECOND DOUBLES: Paige Peterson and Maddie Bywater, (8-1) loss


BEAR RIVER 5, UNION 0August 22

FIRST SINGLES: Erika Olsen, (8-0) win

SECOND SINGLES: Katiejo Litchford, (8-6) win

THIRD SINGLES: Brooklyn Francom, (8-4) win

FIRST DOUBLES: Carisa Epling and Shannon Epling, (8-2) win

SECOND DOUBLES: Kylee Stevens and Maddie Bywater, (8-8, 7-4) win

CACHE VALLEY INVITATIONAL - August 13

The Lady Bears tied for second place overall in the varsity round robin tournament. Both Erika Olsen and Carisa Epling went undefeated at the tournament.

In the junior varsity tournament, Paige Petersen and Eliza Fowler went undefeated as a doubles team for the Bears with the junior varsity team 2-1 overall.


SKY VIEW 4, BEAR RIVER 2

FIRST SINGLES: Erika Olsen, (6-2, 6-2) win

SECOND SINGLES: Kelby Jensen, (2-6, 2-6) loss

THIRD SINGLES: Carisa Epling, (6-1, 6-1) win

FIRST DOUBLES: Shannon Epling and Jessa Carlson, (1-6, 4-6) loss

SECOND DOUBLES: Maddie Bywater and Katiejo Litchford, (4-6, 5-7) loss

THIRD DOUBLES: Kylee Stevens and Shelby Hansen, (2-6, 3-6) loss


BOX ELDER, 4 BEAR RIVER 2

FIRST SINGLES: Erika Olsen (6-1, 6-1) win

SECOND SINGLES: Kelby Jensen, (1-6, 1-6) loss

THIRD SINGLES: Carisa Epling, (6-2, 6-4) win

FIRST DOUBLES: Shannon Epling and Jessa Carlson, (1-6, 1-6) loss

SECOND DOUBLES: Maddie Bywater and Katiejo Litchford, (6-4, 0-6, 5-10) loss

THIRD DOUBLES: Kylee Stevens and Shelby Hansen, (3-6, 6-6, 7-5, 3-10) loss


BEAR RIVER 4, MORGAN 2

FIRST SINGLES: Erika Olsen, (6-1, 6-1) win

SECOND SINGLES: Kelby Jensen, (3-6, 3-6) loss

THIRD SINGLES: Carisa Epling, (6-0, 6-2) win

FIRST DOUBLES: Shannon Epling and Jessa Carlson, (3-6, 2-6) loss

SECOND DOUBLES: Maddie Bywater and Katiejo Litchford, (6-2, 7-5) win

THIRD DOUBLES: Kylee Stevens and Shelby Hansen, (6-4, 6-6, 7-2) win

BEAR RIVER VS. CARBON – August 12

The Bear River girls’ tennis team started competitive play on August 12, hosting Carbon High School. The Bears won all varsity and junior varsity matches that day – 14 wins total.


FIRST SINGLES: Erika Olsen, (6-0, 6-0) win

SECOND SINGLES: Kelby Jensen, (5-7, 6-3, 6-3) win

THIRD SINGLES: Carisa Epling, (6-0, 6-0) win

FIRST DOUBLES: Shannon Epling and Jessa Carlson, (3-6, 6-2, 6-3) win

SECOND DOUBLES: Katiejo Litchford and Maddie Bywater (5-7, 6-3, 6-2) win