SHS tennis team stopped in its tracks
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PUEBLO ” The curtain has officially closed on the Summit High School girls tennis season.
For Sutton Anderson, Holly Westwood and Cissy Daniels, Thursday’s 4A state tennis tournament ended almost as quickly as it began.
Anderson at No. 1 singles and Westwood/Daniels at No. 4 doubles, each played and lost a single match Thursday, dashing the Tigers hopes of a second or third day at the all-state tournament in Pueblo.
Anderson fell 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 to Annie Housman of Pueblo South in one of the tournament’s opening matches.
Summit coach Rae Anderson described her daughter’s match as frustrating.
“When Sutton won the second set, I thought she might have had it,” coach Anderson said. “Just when (Sutton) got used to one game, (Housman) switched it up to something different. She had it all.”
Housman employed a combination of “big lopey high shots,” and “little drop shots,” coach Anderson said. “She really caught Sutton by surprise.”
It was Pine Creek’s No. 4 doubles team of Gina D’Silva and Jamie Pledger that caught Westwood and Daniels by surprise, handing the Tigers duo a 6-0, 6-4 loss.
“Pine Creek was really strong,” coach Anderson said. “(Westwood and Daniels) managed to fight back and take four games in the second set. That was amazing.”
After Anderson and Westwood/Daniels lost, they rested their tournament survival hopes on Pine Creek.
If Housman had won her second match against Pine Creek, Anderson would have remained in the tournament. As it was, Pine Creek defeated Housman, making for an abrupt halt to the Summit star’s season. When Pine Creek’s No. 4 doubles team lost in three sets to Mullen, Westwood and Daniels continuation hopes were equally crushed.
Anderson’s loss at state capped off an outstanding season in which the senior captain amassed a 12-4 overall record. The Summit standout has decided to attend the University of Redlands in Southern California.
“I went down there and stayed with the team,” Sutton Anderson said. “I got a better feel there then I did a DU.”
Anderson chose Division 3 Redlands over Division 1 Denver University after both schools expressed interest in her.
“I wanted to have a college life and a tennis life,” she said of the commitment level involved with D-1 athletics. “Not just a tennis life.”
Coach Anderson’s six-year reign as the Tigers head coach ended with Thursday’s pair of losses.
She seemed to be at peace with her curtain call in Pueblo.
“It certainly would have been fun to come home a winner,” coach Anderson said. “But we’re still happy that we made it to state. It’s been a great year.”
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