The Kodiaks closed out last year’s tennis season with a 2nd place finish in the Regional tennis tournament. This was the best finish ever for CSS girls’ tennis who advanced three girls to the State meet. Still, the team knew there was room for improvement. Immediately, they set their sights on 2019 and winning a Regional title for the first time in school history. Fast forward . . . the time is here.
This year’s squad is in a great position as the underdog to take the title. With the best season record in school history (9-2), the two losses came against St. Mary’s and Vanguard, two teams who we will see in Friday’s Regional. The #2 and #3 singles players from CSS, juniors Kate G. (9-0) and Hina S. (11-0), are undefeated for the year. Sophomore Jules T. (10-1) who is poised at #1 singles, lost her only match of the year against Ellie Hartman of St. Mary’s but is looking for redemption at Regionals.
The CSS doubles teams are making an impact this season, helping the Kodiaks secure team victories. Newcomers to the game, Berit K. ’21 and Whitney R. ’21, are 8-3 at #1 doubles and gaining momentum with each contest. The #2 doubles team of Abrielle S. ’20 and Audrey B. ’22 has an impressive 6-5 record and advanced to Friday’s Regional playoffs with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Sierra Thursday in the first round. Angalina L. ’21 and Lydia M. ’21 are 6-2 at the #3 doubles position, while #4 doubles Zoe B. ’21 and Ella B. ’22 finished out their season at (1-7) with a loss in the first round of Regional playoffs today.
Third-year head coach, Colleen Patton-Campbell, feels that the girls are primed and ready to bring home the title. “We are a different team than last year with more experienced singles players who have put in a lot of extra time in the off-season. And our doubles teams are becoming more confident with each match, using more strategies and patterns. Coach Rick (Thompson) has been working with the doubles teams, implementing some effective strategies, like the I-formation, and this is making a difference.”
Besides CSS, the 3A Regional lineup includes St. Mary’s, Vanguard, CSCS, and Sierra. Action will take place all day Friday, May 3, at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs. As the team prepares for a long day of tennis, they know the importance of “every point, every game, every match,” adds Coach Campbell. “We’re in it to win it!”