Summit High: Tennis triumphs over Evergreen
April 10, 2009
The Summit High tennis team has struggled against Evergreen High School the past few seasons. In previous years, the Tigers have failed to win singles points and gain any edge over their Jeffco League rivals, losing match after match.
Thursday night, Summit turned everything around.
In what SHS coach Dave Turrin called the team’s “biggest win of the season,” the Tigers won all but two matches on their way to a 5-2 victory.
“It’s difficult to quantify the value of a win, because all wins are good and it’s great to win,” Turrin said. “That said, this was the biggest win of the season so far for us.”
Summit won two out of the three single matches and three of the four doubles matches on the night, receiving stellar play from top to bottom in its lineup.
Senior Kali Turrin led the Tigers with a win in the No. 1 singles spot. The coach’s daughter lost her first set 7-6 but rebounded by winning the final two 6-3, 6-2.
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“That was a very good comeback win after falling behind early like that,” the elder Turrin said.
Then, after sophomore Sophia Bolt lost a tight match in the No. 2 singles spot, senior Ali Hartley gave the Tigers their second singles point of the night. Hartley narrowly defeated her opponent 6-4, 7-5 in a tight match.
Summit continued its solid play into the doubles portion of the match.
At the No. 1 spot, Molly Herwehe and Julie Oberriter recorded winners at critical moments and battled to a 7-6, 7-5 win.
Molly Allen and Laura George then won the No. 2 doubles match 6-3 and 7-5, before Melissa Gordon and Ania Zawadzki took the No. 3 match 6-2, 6-3.
The impressive win also marked the send off of SHS assistant coach Will Phan, who is leaving the team to take a trip to Asia before heading off to graduate school.
“(Phan has) been an incredible asset to the team, and it was good to send him off with a win,” Turrin said.
“I’m glad we pulled it out,” Phan said. ” … I’ve really enjoyed my time here.”
The Tigers improved to 6-3 on the season and now have a long break before picking back up on April 21.
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