SHS tennis alive and well at regionals |

SHS tennis alive and well at regionals

DENVER – After the first round of the Class 4A, Region 4 tennis tournament at Kent Denver Thursday, most of the Summit High School team is alive for today’s finals and in position to move on to state.

“Six of seven are still in the running,” said Summit tennis coach Rae Anderson. “We have a shot to challenge the second-place (team) to go to state.”

All of Summit’s singles players – Sutton Anderson, Julie Wallace and Stephanie Swanson – had a bye in the first round Thursday, won their following matches, then lost to No. 1-seeded Kent Denver.

“They barely lost any games,” Anderson said of Kent’s players. “But, then again, they did lose some, and some of those were to us. Still, (Kent’s skill level) is so far beyond anything our girls have ever seen before.”

Wallace and Sutton Anderson won one game against Kent, and Swanson won three. Anderson and Wallace went on to beat players from Machebeuf, and Swanson to beat one from St. Mary’s Academy.

In doubles, all four of Summit’s teams had byes their first round, and, although all four lost in the second round, the three that took on No. 2-seeded Colorado Academy moved on to today’s finals. The team of Sara Griffin and Brittany Ellsworth are out of the running after losing their match to a team from Holy Family.

Lauren Cole and Shannon Buhler, Emily Baker and Emily Cardamon and Jessica Oberriter and Sara Olbright will, along with their singles teammates, play in today’s finals.

“We’re at least hoping in six spots to come in third,” Anderson said. “Then, we can challenge the second-place team to go to state.”

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