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Tigers tennis trio bound for state

ADAM BOFFEY

DENVER – The members of the Summit High School girls tennis team sang their hearts out as they traveled home from Denver along I-70 late Saturday night.The Tigers found themselves with plenty to celebrate after three grueling days at an 11-team 4A regional tournament, which was repeatedly interrupted by rain.For the first time in as many years as anyone can remember, the Tigers will be sending three tennis players to the 4A state tournament.No. 1 singles player Summit Anderson and the No. 4 doubles team of Holly Westwood and Cissy Daniels will represent the Tigers next week in Pueblo. Anderson’s advancement comes as little surprise. The senior captain amassed a 10-2 regular season record during a campaign in which she was the Tigers’ unquestioned leader.”This is what Sutton has been working toward for four years — the opportunity to play at state,” Summit assistant coach Dave Turrin said. Westwood and Daniels, by contrast, are a bit more of a surprise. Daniels is not only a first-year tennis player, but she had never played a competitive match with Westwood before Thursday. Daniels replaced Westwood’s usual partner, Jodi Houghtaling, whose academic commitments conflicted with the regional tournament.Westwood and Daniels will advance to state despite losing their final match of the tournament. After beating Golden and Evergreen on Thursday, the newly-acquainted doubles team lost to Regis 0-6, 5-7 in Friday’s No. 4 doubles final. The loss was inconsequential, however, as the top two teams at each position earned their way to state. Anderson struggled in the No. 1 singles finals against Kent Denver’s Lauren Miller, winning just one game in two sets.”Sutton won more games against her than anyone else at this tournament,” Turrin said. “(Miller) hasn’t lost a set all season.”No. 2 singles player Carly Walsh lost both of her matches Saturday: 6-4, 2-6, 3-6 to Bishop Machebeuf and 6-3, 2-6, 2-6 to Regis. No. 3 singles player Alex Critz-Culp lost her final match 3-6, 4-6 to Regis, and Tessa Manton and Mandy Miles lost their final match at No. 2 doubles 1-6, 6-4, 4-6 to St. Mary’s.Host Kent Denver walked away with first place at every position except for No. 4 doubles, which was won by Regis.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631 or at aboffey@summitdaily.com.


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