Area tennis players come up short at state
DENVER — Seven different area tennis players qualified for state, but none could get past the dominating competition at state.
In Class 5A, Mountain Range’s Katie Kirby lost in opening-round No. 1 singles play to Pine Creek’s Nicole Kalhorn 6-1, 6-3.
Kristen Kirby, the Mustangs’ No. 2 singles, also fell in the opening round — 7-6, 6-4 to Ralston Valley’s Isabella Melena.
Legacy’s No. 1 duo of Jenny Madsen and Shaylie Margrave lost a tough match to Regis Jesuit. The Lightning took the opening set 7-6, but lost the next two 6-3, 6-3.
In 4A, Holy Family’s No. 3 singles player Maeve Donovan lost to St. Mary’s Suzy Xiao in the opening round 6-0, 6-0.
The Tigers’ No. 3 duo of Kelly Demsey and Kailey Silverstein won the opening round in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. However, the duo fell to Niwot in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
Cherry Creek won the 5A state title, while Fossil Ridge was second and Fairview was third.
The Bruins also had three first-place finishes; Gloria Son was first at No. 2 singles, while Madeleine Bernstein and Julie Berlinger were first at No. 1 doubles and Morgan Cohen and Mia Hoover were first at No. 2 doubles.
Loveland’s Rebecca Weissmann was also first at No. 1 singles, while Katie Li of Fairview was crowned champion at No. 3 singles.
Fossil Ridge’s Sam Penhale and Sam Lockwood won the No. 3 doubles division, and Arapahoe’s Callie Nicoulin and Lauren Myers were first at No. 4
Cheyenne Mountain dominated in 4A, taking first in six of the seven divisions.