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Tennis team headed to regionals

CONIFER – Even if it had to pack the bulk of its season’s matches into two weeks, the Summit High School girls tennis team ended its regulation season on a good note Monday at Conifer.

Summit defeated Conifer 5-2 and will approach Thursday’s regional playoffs with seeded fervor.

The Tigers’ singles players – Sutton Anderson, Julie Wallace and Stephanie Swanson – are all seeded fourth going into regionals, which will take place at top-seeded Kent Denver High School.

“Kent is No. 1 in every division,” said SHS tennis coach Rae Anderson. “All of our players are fighting for the No. 2 position.”

Anderson, Wallace and Swanson all won their singles matches against Conifer Monday – Anderson 6-3, 6-4; Wallace 6-2, 6-0 and Swanson 6-3, 6-0.

Doubles team Emily Baker and Emily Cardamon won their match 6-4, 6-3, as did Sara Griffin and Brittany Ellsworth, 6-2, 6-2. Baker and Cardamon, at No. 3 doubles, are Summit’s top doubles seed at fourth. The No. 1 team of Lauren Cole and Shannon Buhler is seeded fifth as is the No. 2 team of Lindsey Holden and Diana Smithwick. Griffin and Ellsworth are seeded seventh.

“It’s really good,” Anderson said. “It’s the first year we’ve really been in the top quadrant. We’ve played a lot of tennis in the last couple of weeks.”

Summit heads into the playoffs with a 6-6 overall record (5-3 in the Class 4A Jeffco League.) The Tigers share a playoff bracket with Kent Denver, which played in the 5A class throughout the season and which the Tigers have not yet faced. Also sharing the bracket, Colorado Academy and Evergreen are sure to give Summit a run for its money. The Tigers went down 7-0 to both teams this season.

“I’d like to stay optimistic,” Anderson said. “Kent is an unbelievable team that may be unbeatable, but Colorado Academy and Evergreen are beatable.”

The Tigers kick off regional play Thursday at Kent Denver. The top two from each position advance to state.

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