Tigers tennis team hopes to make impact at regionals
FARMERS KORNER Just how good is this years Summit High School girls tennis team? That question is likely to be answered over the next two days, as the Tigers travel to Kent Denver to compete in their long-awaited regional tournament.The Tigers enter the postseason with an overall record of 9-3 (6-2 in the 4A Jeffco League); their best finish in at least six years. They also enjoyed a best-ever, third-place finish in league competition.No. 1 singles player Sutton Anderson and the No. 4 doubles team of Jodi Houghtaling and Holly Westwood, both amassed impressive 10-2 records to lead Summit.Although the Tigers accomplishments are impressive in their own right, they dont make the teams chances at regionals easy to predict.Im more optimistic this year than I usually am, six-year Summit coach Rae Anderson said. But Im not totally optimistic. I went to the coaches meeting last night and found out there are a lot of good kids out there.In other words, it could go either way. According to coach Anderson, Summit will face at least four tough teams it hasnt seen this season Holy Family, Rock Canyon, Regis and Kent.The Tigers strong record will be irrelevant at regionals where success is determined solely by individual accomplishments. The tournaments top two players (or doubles teams) at each position will advance to the 4A state tournament, May 11 and 12.Although player seedings were determined at Tuesdays coaches meeting, Rae Anderson said she hoped to keep them under wraps as long as she could.Im going to try not to tell (the Summit players) until right before they play, she said. That may take some of the pressure of them.The Tigers top seeds will likely include Sutton Anderson, No. 2 singles player Carly Walsh and the No. 1 doubles team of Kali Turrin and Megan Hollenbeck. Westwood and Houghtaling would have also received a high seed following their standout season, but the tandem has been forced to part ways prematurely.Senior bubble player Cissy Daniels will stand in for Houghtaling, who was previously committed to take an AP history exam on Friday.The No. 4 team will lose its high seed, Rae Anderson said. But (Daniels) is a fine replacement.Daniels, a multisport senior, began playing tennis fairly late in the game. The first time I picked up a racket was two days before tryouts, Daniels said. I took a half-hour lesson with John OConnor at the rec center and he said, Im going to teach you how to win.Summits first two matches No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles begin today at 8 a.m. The Tigers will stay in Denver on the eve of Fridays matches.Coach Anderson, who announced her retirement prior to the season, has seen only one player advance to the state tournament during her tenure singles player Julie Wallace accomplished the feat in 2004. Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at email@example.com.
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