The Class 4A and 3A girls tennis state tournaments continued Friday with championship semifinals and playback matches.
No local competitors were able to stay in the hunt for state titles, but one – Severance sophomore Ava Zink – will try for a third-place finish when the tournament wraps up Saturday.
In the 4A tournament at Pueblo City Park, Windsor freshman Mycah Bisceglia qualified for the No. 1 singles playbacks. She defeated Pueblo Centennial sophomore Isabella Montalovo-Moreno 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of playbacks before having to withdraw due to injury from her playback semifinals match against Niwot junior Alys Pop.
Wizards senior Paige Shrader topped Thomas Jefferson sophomore Campbell Mahoney 6-0, 6-0 in the first round of No. 2 singles playbacks before falling to Kent Denver senior Annika Berry 6-4, 6-0 in the playback semifinals.
Windsor’s No. 3 doubles team of Alexis Backhaus and Delaney Kintz defeated Niwot’s Harper Behmer and Julia Price 6-0, 6-4 in the first round of playbacks before falling to Mullen’s Clara Dailey and Claire Lenich 6-1, 6-4 in the playback semifinals.
In the 3A tournament at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, Severance’s Zink advanced to the No. 2 singles championship semifinals, in which she lost, 6-1, 6-4 to D’Evelyn sophomore Evelyn Ottmans. Zink then defeated Holy Family sophomore Laura Baker 6-1, 6-3 to qualify for Saturday’s third-place match.
Zink will take on Colorado Academy senior Sarah Preston in the third-place match with action scheduled to kick off at 9 am Saturday.
Silver Knights junior Josline Carter defeated Aspen junior Avery Leonard 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of No. 1 singles playbacks before falling to Dawson senior Lila Travis 6-0, 6-0 in the playback semifinals.
University’s No. 1 doubles team of Kate Halverson and Halle Getting made it to the championship semifinals, falling to D’Evelyn’s Anna Day and Maria Christoffersen 6-2, 6-1. They then fell in the playbacks semifinals to Vail Mountain’s Gracie and Jesse Allen 6-4, 6-2.
Severance’s No. 1 doubles team of Anna and Erin Crowhart defeated Vanguard’s Katey Kyle and Sophia Guevara 7-6, 6-3 in the playback first round before losing in the playback semifinals to Steamboat Springs’ Liesel Wilkinson and Amanda Dietrich 6-1, 6 -0.
Eaton’s No. 2 doubles tandem of Taylor Bradshaw and Kallie Sallberg defeated Colorado Spring Christian’s Maddy Green and Sierra Gallant 6-2, 7-5 in the first round of playbacks. They then lost a tightly contested 7-6, 7-5 match to Colorado Academy’s Yenny Cohen and Avia Lauchli in the playback semifinals.
The Reds’ No. 4 doubles pairing of Tayla Wiedeman and Shelby Shuman defeated Cedaredge’s Kayla Bauer and Mozelle Palmer 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of playbacks. In the playback semifinals, the Eaton duo lost to Vail Mountain’s Anna Baker and Kamryn Mitchell in a dramatic three sets, 7-5, 6-7, 6-2.
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