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Slow start can’t stop Summit

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After a rough beginning to the match, the Summit High girls’ tennis squad proved the old adage on Wednesday that it isn’t how you start but how you finish.

The Tigers rebounded from some early lost points and sets to top Conifer 5-2 at Evergreen High School.

“I think Conifer just came out a little better than we thought they would,” SHS head coach Sean Carlton said. ” … We’ve got to just get going quicker and then kick it into gear even more.”

The slow start could’ve also had a little to do with the Tigers playing their third league match in three days.

Either way, Summit handled their Jeffco opponent easily.

Jessica Covaciu continued her hot play of late with a straight-set win in No. 2 singles.

The Tigers then cruised in No. 1 doubles, with Ania Zawadzki and Sophia Bolt earning a 6-0, 6-3 win.

Julie Arbuckle and Melissa Gordon had a bit tougher time in the No. 2 doubles match – at least early on. After dropping the first set 6-4, the Tiger captains rebounded to take the final two sets in convincing fashion 6-0 and 6-2.

“That first set, their heads just weren’t in it,” Carlton said. “But after that rough start, they rebounded really well.”

Christine Fernandez and Melissa Chumbley won the third doubles match in straight sets, and the Tigers’ No. 4 pair, Kenzie Morgan and Amanda Moore, won their match as well.

Heidi Armstrong and Katie Andrews won an unofficial bubble match for the Tigers, but it didn’t count toward the team score.

Overall, Carlton said he’s impressed with the way his girls have fought through a grueling stretch of the season but says his team needs to stay focus. After all, the Tigers are right back in action today.

“One more match this week, and hopefully we’ll play it with what the weather’s supposed to be,” the coach said. “If we could take three out of four (matches this week), that’d be incredible.”

The Tigers lost Monday to Wheat Ridge and rebounded to beat Englewood on Tuesday.

Summit is slated to play in a non-league match at Thomas Jefferson High School today at 3:30 p.m.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at

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