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Dramatic tennis match goes Tigers’ way

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CENTENNIAL – Imagine being a hero and not even knowing it. That’s what happened to Summit High School tennis players Jodi Houghtaling and Holly Westwood during the Tigers’ dramatic 4-3 victory over St. Mary’s Academy on Friday.Unbeknownst to them until after the fact, Summit’s No. 4 doubles team competed in the afternoon’s decisive match.”Holly came up to me after the match and asked me if they had been playing for the whole thing,” Summit coach Rae Anderson said. “She had no idea.”

All eyes were on Westwood and Houghtaling late Friday afternoon as they grinded out a lengthy 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 victory.Sometimes what you don’t know can help you.”It was imperative that they didn’t know the match depended on them,” Anderson said. “I think it would have been too much pressure for them otherwise.”Westwood and Houghtaling rallied after being nearly shut out in the second set.”Once you’ve lost a set 6-1, it’s pretty easy to keep going in that direction,” Anderson said.

Summit’s No. 1 singles player, Sutton Anderson, cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory to rebound from a 5-7, 2-6 loss at D’Evelyn earlier this week. No. 2 singles player Carly Walsh won her match 6-4, 6-4 after overcoming a minor knee injury suffered on Tuesday.Kali Turrin and Megan Hollenbeck won their eighth match of the year (6-1, 6-3) at No. 1 doubles.Bubble player Marie Oberriter made her first appearance of the year for the Tigers to fill in for injured No. 3 singles player Alex Critz-Culp. Oberriter lost her match 3-6, 2-6.”To be put into No. 3 singles for her first match is pretty tough,” Anderson said. “She played well and held her own.”

Anderson hopes to see Critz-Culp return to action in time for Tuesday’s home match with Jefferson.No. 2 doubles pair Mandy Miles and Tessa Manton fell 2-6, 1-6, and No. 3 Megan Hartman and Tiana Shelton lost 7-6, 4-6, 4-6.The Tigers improved to 7-3 with the victory.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at aboffey@summitdaily.com.

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