Six from Vista battle at state

ThunderRidge and Rock Canyon represented as well

Posted 5/15/11

The most players to qualify for the state tournament from one Highlands Ranch school, Mountain Vista girls tennis had six of its athletes in the …

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Six from Vista battle at state

ThunderRidge and Rock Canyon represented as well

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The most players to qualify for the state tournament from one Highlands Ranch school, Mountain Vista girls tennis had six of its athletes in the Class 5A state girls tennis championships May 13 at Gates Tennis Center in Denver.

The Golden Eagles were represented in the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 doubles brackets.

ThunderRidge was able to qualify a No. 3 singles player in senior Sam Rusk, while Rock Canyon’s managed to earn a spot on the state courts for its No. 2 doubles team having bumped up to the 5A level for the first time.

Three doubles teams reached the 5A state showdown from Mountain Vista this year.

In the No. 1 doubles bracket, Vista’s Rachel Zalkind and Jesse Applehans had a tough draw, facing eventual champions from Cherry Creek Samantha Henry and Lindsey Pond in the opening round. Zalkind, a varsity volleyball player, and Applehans, a varsity softball athlete, were both in their first season of varsity tennis this year.

After a two-set loss to Creek, the Golden Eagles duo went on to beat their counterparts from Denver East in the playbacks, splitting sets with the Angels 1-6,6-2,6-2. Zalkind and Applehans missed placing after a two-set loss to their mirrors from Grand Junction.

For No. 2 doubles, Vista’s Lindsay Dixon and Caitlin Young were on the scene; however, the twosome loss in the first round in two sets to eventual second-place winners Paris Hogan and Megan Thayer of Fairview. In the playbacks, the two Eagles were sent home after a two-set loss to Grand Junction’s 2-dubs entry.

In No. 3 doubles, the Golden Eagles qualified Jessi York and Nada Adu who drew their first round match against another Continental League competitor in Erin Beery and Rachel Zook of Heritage. Vista split sets against their opposing Eagles 6-2,2-6,6-3 but were later sent to the consolation bracket by Arapahoe’s Caroline Blakney and Michela Zafferani. The Vista duo were not given a chance at the playbacks. The Arapahoe duo went on to take fourth.

The Grizzlies were represented by one senior athlete in Sam Rusk. Also a college scholarship-bound hoops athlete for ThunderRidge, Rusk qualified in the No. 3 singles tournament and had a first-round draw against heavily-favored Katie Li of Fairview. Li beat Rusk in two sets and went on to win the bracket’s championship.

Rusk had a shot at the playbacks, facing Anna McGinnis of Grand Junction, but after two sets, Rusk was sent home.

In Rock Canyon’s first appearance in the Class 5A tournaments, No. 2 doubles duo Taylor Brodenick and Kaitlyn Miller were the two Jaguars to represent their team.

Brodenick and Miller faced Grand Junction’s Nicky Arja and Stephanie Skinner. The Jags twosome lost to the Tigers in two sets.

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