After two days of 3A state tournament tennis that included 16 total matches for the Kodiaks and 34 sets of tennis, the team finished in a tie with Dawson for third place with 36 points each. This equates to the best finish for any tennis team, boys or girls, at CSS in school history.
The #1 and #2 singles players, Jules T. ’21 and Kate G. ’20, won their consolation matches to finish in third place in their respective categories. In only her second loss of the season, Jules lost 4-6, 1-6 to Trish Somasundaram from Peak To Peak who won her second straight 3A state title. In the consolation playback bracket, Jules defeated Ellie Hartman of St. Mary’s to advance to the next match with Aspen. After leading in the third set, a rain delay was called and Aspen later forfeited; thus, Jules finished third in the state at #1 singles.
Kate G. finished the weekend with 11 total sets of tennis. Her first two matches she did not give up a game. In her first loss of the season, Kate lost to Dawson 5-7, 1-6 in the third round. During the playbacks, Kate beat Day from D’Evelyn in three sets (6-2, 5-7, 6-3) before taking third place with a win over Colorado Academy 6-2, 6-3.
After losing in the first round in last year’s state tournament, Hina S. ’20 surprised everyone this weekend, including herself, with a second place finish at the #3 singles spot. In the quarterfinal match Saturday, Hina dug deep to beat Colorado Academy 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6). With a short respite between matches, she lost 1-6, 1-6 in the state championship match to University, her only loss of the tournament and second on the season.
Abrielle S.’20 and Audrey B. ’22 lost both of their matches at #2 doubles, first to D’Evelyn and today to Steamboat Springs (0-6, 0-6). It was their initial trip to the state tournament where they gained valuable experience for next year.
Head Coach Colleen Patton-Campbell commented, “Overall the girls surpassed their potential. It was a challenging weekend, cold and windy, but the girls never gave up and worked so, so hard.” She added that it was a great showing for CSS, who returns everyone next season, and that the girls are already setting their sights on a state title in 2020. “What the mind can conceive and believe, it will achieve,” Campbell concluded. “There is no doubt in my mind that with the experience we gained this weekend, and the grit we discovered, we are primed for next year.”