Three Tigers doubles teams qualify for state |

Three Tigers doubles teams qualify for state

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COLORADO SPRINGS – Six members of the Summit High School tennis team prolonged their season Friday at Fountain Valley in Colorado Springs by qualifying for the 4A state tournament.Megan Hartman and Tiana Shelton (No. 2 doubles), Jodi Houghtaling and Holly Westwood (No. 3 doubles) and sisters Marie and Julie Oberriter (No. 4 doubles) will represent the Tigers in Pueblo, beginning Thursday.”The girls are real pumped,” SHS coach Kate Walker said. “But, I wouldn’t say they were surprised. All of them felt like they could qualify for state if they played good tennis.”

Hartman and Shelton lost to Regis 1-6, 0-6 in Friday’s finals; Houghtaling and Westwood lost to Regis in the finals, 0-6, 5-7; and the Oberriters lost 0-6, 2-6 to Regis in the finals, and had to win a playback against Rock Canyon (1-6, 7-5, 6-4) to advance. All three Tiger tandems finished second.Summit improved on its result at last year’s regional tourney when it qualified for state in two positions – No. 1 singles and No. 4 doubles.Although four Lady Tigers were eliminated from state contention on Friday, each one ended up with a respectable overall result in the eight-team region.

No. 1 singles player Alex Critz-Culp lost 0-6, 2-6 in a playback final to take fourth place; No. 3 singles player Whitney Degerberg won her playback final 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, finishing third; and No. 1 doubles players Kali Turrin and Megan Hollenbeck won their playback match 6-2, 7-6 to take third.Summit finished second as a team (43 points) behind Regis (72) and ahead of Rock Canyon (41).”Taking second is a great accomplishment,” Walker said. “It’s a positive we can take into next year.”

Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at

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