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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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
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
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
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
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
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