Summit tennis takes second place in state finals
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County is home to the No. 2 tennis team in Colorado.
The Summit 4.0 team, coached by tennis pro Dave Turrin at the Breckenridge Recreation Center, took second place team in the United States Tennis Association District Championships in Denver earlier this month.
The team has never come closer to clinching the state title, and representatives said, going into the finals, they thought they had it in the bag this season.
“We had the best record going into the finals,” said Summit team captain Linda Dice. “We were a bit disappointed. We felt we’d beaten Gates, and they’ve gone to sectionals.”
The Summit team breezed through the first three rounds 5-0, 4-1, 4-1; then beat long-time rival, Gates Tennis Club, 3-2 in the fourth round. Only 10 teams from throughout Colorado make it to the championships after proving to be top within their respective districts. After beating Gates, the Summit team went on to play South Suburban Holly in the finals, was unable to convert two third-set tiebreakers into a win, and lost 2-3. Having had the state title in sight, however, only makes Summit players more determined for next season, and they are proud of all the practice and clinic time they’ve put in leading up to this year’s finals.
“We were definitely more focused this summer,” Dice said. “We’re not giving up yet.”
In addition to Dice, the Summit team includes co-captain Maureen Walsh, Rae Anderson, Julie Biller, Liz Duxbury, Ellen Fulkerson, Sarah Fuller, Patrice Lorenzen, Kikken Miller, Elyse Wilson, and Kristine Wymore.
“They had a great season,” Turrin said of his team, which he has coached for years. “Second in state doesn’t sound bad. “State champs’ has a better ring to it, but they definitely put up a good fight. They came really close – two tie breakers away. We’re going to do it one of these years.”
The Breck Rec Center is organizing teams for its in-house Fall tournament schedule. There are still a few openings for interested players. For more information, call Dave Turrin at (970) 547-4305.
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