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Tigers go undefeated on first day of regionals

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

ENGLEWOOD – Summit High School girls tennis coach Rae Anderson provided a simple assessment of her team’s performance on Thursday. “They couldn’t have done much better,” Anderson said.Anderson’s rationale would be tough to argue with, considering the Tigers went undefeated on the first day of their regional tournament at Kent Denver.”We had five wins,” Anderson said. “Two matches were postponed by rain but we were winning both of them at the time.”

No. 3 singles player Carly Walsh and the No. 4 doubles team of Holly Westwood and Cissy Daniels both have unfinished business to attend to early today. Walsh is sitting on a 6-0, 0-2 lead, while Westwood and Daniels will reconvene their match with a 5-4 lead. In Walsh’s case, the rain may have been a blessing.”A rain stop is always good when the match has taken a turn,” Anderson said. “Carly had just dropped two straight games, so it may have been an advantage for her.”Summit’s No. 1 singles player, Sutton Anderson, won her match 6-2, 6-2, against Bishop Machebeuf’s Mary Croswell. Anderson exacted revenge on the top-seeded Buffalo, whom she fell to 3-6, 6-2, 5-7 in the opening match of the season.Alex Critz-Culp picked up a win by forfeit at No. 3 singles after her opponent fell down, then retired from the tournament. Critz-Culp was ahead 5-2 in the first set at the time of the injury.

Rock Canyon’s No. 1 doubles team threatened to blemish the Tigers’ perfect day by giving Kali Turrin and Megan Hollenbeck a run for their money.But Summit’s leading doubles tandem overcame a 4-1 deficit in the third set to rally to a dramatic 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory.”They tend to drag out their matches sometimes,” coach Anderson said. “(Assistant coach Dave) Turrin refers to them as the heart attack kids.”The No. 2 doubles team of Mandy Miles and Tessa Manton also needed three sets to get the job done, as they dispatched Evergreen 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. “It’s fun to win against Evergreen,” Anderson said. “They have always beaten us so solidly.”

Tiana Shelton and Megan Hartman (No. 3 doubles) were the only winning tandem that didn’t need three sets to win their match.”Tiana and Megan won 6-3, 6-2,” Anderson said. “It may have been their first match all season that didn’t go to three sets.”The Tigers will return to action today in Denver at 10 a.m. The top two finishers in each seed position will advance to the state tournament May 11-13.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at aboffey@summitdaily.com.

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