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SHS tennis falls to Mustangs

Devon O'Neil
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ARVADA ” Yes, another encouraging defeat for the Summit High School tennis team.

The Tigers lost 5-2 to Ralston Valley on the road Tuesday, but once again, the fact that Summit (1-2) walked away with two match wins was enough to keep the team feeling good about its afternoon. As SHS coach Rae Anderson pointed out afterward, the Mustangs are perennially one of the top teams in the 4A Jeffco League and draw from a deep pool of talent.

Jodi Houghtaling and Holly Westwood highlighted the Tigers’ day with a convincing 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 4 doubles. The young pair had been instructed by Anderson over the past week to get more aggressive and “poach” each other’s shots at the net. They did just that and got their second win in three matches.

“I was just so proud of them,” Anderson said. “They haven’t had much varsity experience, and then to win at Ralston Valley … I mean, Ralston Valley is so deep they usually just cream us.”

Senior captain Sutton Anderson collected Summit’s other win Tuesday by beating Ralston’s No. 1 singles player, Caitlin Duff. Duff and Anderson had traded wins in past matches, with neither establishing complete superiority over the other.

Tuesday, Anderson won 7-5, 7-6 in a marathon match that took 3 hours, 15 minutes even though it only went two sets.

“They hit about a million balls,” coach Anderson said when asked how the match lasted so long. “It was a big win for Sutton,” she added.

Among Summit’s other players, only Kali Turrin and Megan Hollenbeck, at No. 1 doubles, managed to win a set. They lost 0-6, 6-4, 3-10 in a match that was shortened due to darkness.

Carly Walsh (No. 2 singles), Alex Critz-Culp (No. 3 singles), Mandy Miles and Tessa Manton (No. 2 doubles), and Tiana Shelton and Megan Hartman (No. 3 doubles) all lost in straight sets for Summit.


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