Tough day for SHS tennis
DENVER Hours after their hopes of hosting a match for the first time all year fell apart, the Summit High School tennis players suffered an equally defeating outcome Wednesday afternoon, losing 6-1 to DEvelyn.Only the Tigers No. 1 doubles team of Kali Turrin and Megan Hollenbeck managed to go home with a victory against the typically powerful Jaguars. Turrin and Hollenbeck won 6-4, 6-3, claiming what SHS coach Rae Anderson said was their seventh victory of the season.Among the rest of the Tigers, No. 2 singles player Carly Walsh was the lone Summit representative to take her opponent to three sets. She lost 3-6, 6-4, 3-6 after suffering a knee injury midway through the third set that hampered her chances the rest of the way.The thorough defeat was an anomaly for Summit, which is enjoying its best season in years and now stands at 6-3 overall.Specifically, Anderson said, the sudden shift in venue likely played a role in her teams uncharacteristically lackluster play. Senior Sutton Anderson, Summits No. 1 singles star, lost in straight sets and never came alive like she usually does. The Tigers No. 2 doubles team of seniors Mandy Miles and Tessa Manton also lost in straight sets while battling a heavily partisan DEvelyn crowd.They were all disappointed that we werent playing at home, coach Anderson said of her team, and I think it was a bit difficult for those senior girls to shake it off.Anderson and assistant coach Dave Turrin decided early Wednesday that if the temperature in Summit was 40 degrees or above, they would stick to the plan and host the match. If not, theyd move it to DEvelyn.The temperature was 32 degrees when decision time arrived, and as Rae Anderson pointed out, Its tough to hold a racket at that temperature.I think it was the best decision to come down (to Denver), I really do, the coach said after the match. Whether the outcome wouldve been different, Ill never know.Summit travels to play St. Marys on Friday, then will get another shot at hosting a match Tuesday against Jefferson, weather permitting.
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