Tiger tennis bounces back to beat down Englewood
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Summit County, Colorado
Getting back on the court less than 24 hours after a disappointing loss to Wheat Ridge, Summit head girl’s tennis coach Sean Carlton said his team was still seething but more determined than ever.
“They were really upset,” the coach said, “but they were ready to win.”
And that’s what the Tigers did, dominating Englewood on Tuesday with a lopsided 6-1 drubbing.
“They played really well and did everything they needed to do,” Carlton said. “They came right out and put it to them. It was great to see.”
If the team victory wasn’t enough, Summit won each of its six points with decisive scores.
Senior Julie Oberriter got the Tigers rolling with a win at No. 1 singles, before Jessica Covaciu won her No. 2 singles match 6-0 and 6-3.
Ania Zawadzki and Sophia Bolt then continued their hot play with a 6-0, 6-1 win in the first singles match, and captains Julie Arbuckle and Melissa Gordon won 6-4, 6-0 in the No. 2 doubles match.
Christine Fernandez and Melissa Chumbley dominated the No. 3 match 6-0, 6-0, and Amanda Moore and Kenzie Morgan did the same in the No. 4 spot.
All of this came the day after the Tigers lost a 5-2 heartbreaker to perennial Jeffco League power Wheat Ridge. The entire season, the Summit girls had the goal of upending the Farmers and possibly taking the league title.
It wasn’t to be, though.
The Tigers earned their only points of the match in doubles, with the pairings of Zawadzki/Bolt and Arbuckle/Gordan winning both matches in straight sets.
Summit also lost two back-and-forth matches in the other two doubles spots that could have swung the overall outcome.
The Tigers took the loss hard, Carlton said, but came ready to play on Tuesday.
“That was really what they needed,” the coach said of the win, “but now they have to keep that going.”
The Tigers play again today and Thursday to close out the regular season. They play Conifer today at Evergreen High School starting at 3:30 p.m., and play at the same time at Thomas Jefferson High School on Thursday.
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