Pastor third, Urda and Ellsworth fourth at regionals
With a few exceptions, it was either Kent Denver or Holy Family that ended the seasons of Summit High School’s tennis players Thursday at the Class 4A, Region 4 championships at Kent Denver.
This was not the same Kent Denver that the Tigers beat in a dual back on April 2. That was the Sun Devils’ B team. These Sun Devils swept every position at regionals and will move on to try to win state championships.
“I warned them, but I don’t think they really realized how tough it was going to be,” said second-year Summit coach Rae Anderson. “They do now.”
Kent Denver beat Summit at three positions in the early rounds with the Tigers not winning a game. But Summit went on to the playback rounds, where the competition was much more even.
No. 2 singles player Isa Pastor won her first match then lost to Kent. She won her first playback match and ended up playing Colorado Academy for a spot in the state tournament. Pastor lost 6-0, 6-1 and finished in third place. The top two at each position moved on to the state tournament.
The No. 4 doubles team of Paula Urda and Brittany Ellsworth had a similar experience. They beat a team from Saint Mary’s before losing a close one to Holy Family, 7-5, 6-4. They then beat Bishop Machebeuf in their first playback but lost to Evergreen in a third-set tiebreaker to end their run at fourth place.
“In the playbacks, everyone was evenly matched,” Anderson said. “There were lots of third sets,”
No. 3 singles player Tara Dickey was swept by Kent Denver in the first round (6-0, 6-0) then lost her first playback match to Holy Family. The No. 2 doubles team of Lauren Cole and Bethany Buchanan had a similar fate, losing to Kent 6-0, 6-0 and losing their first playback match.
Julie Wallace, at No. 1 singles, lost in the first round 6-1, 6-2 to Evergreen in her only match of the tournament. Last year, as a doubles player, she was one win away from a state tournament spot.
Summit’s No. 1 doubles team of Betsy Casey and Sarah George lost their only match of the tournament 6-2, 6-2 to Holy Family. Lindsey Holden and Diana Smithwick, at No. 3 doubles also lost in the first round to Holy Family, 6-2, 7-5.
The Tigers banquet is set for May 14, and the girls will play a challenge match against a group of SHS boys on May 21.
Jason Starr can be reached at (970) 668-3998 Ext. 231 or at email@example.com.
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