First day of Class 4A state tennis tourney rough for Montrose

PUEBLO — Ideally, May May Vickers was hoping for a fairy tale state championship ending to her stellar prep tennis career.

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

The Montrose High School senior ran into a buzzsaw in D’Evelyn’s Erin Gebes, losing 6-0, 6-1 on Thursday in the Class 4A state tournament quarterfinals at the City Park Tennis Complex.

“She’s just a really good player,” Vickers said moments after her match. “I played my best, and that’s all I could do.”

It was a tough day all the way around for the Indians. Kaitlynn Wieland and Marcia Wanner lost their opening-round match at No. 2 doubles 6-1, 6-0 to Cheyenne Mountain’s Frances Adams and Katie Boe.

At No. 4 doubles, Jessi Hicks and Sabrina Norwood took a 6-2, 6-2 setback to Pueblo South’s Gianna Carleo and Katie Vaughn in their opener.

Steamboat Springs’ Kylee Wiggert moved on to the semis by clipping Holy Family’s Stephanie Giltner 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 in the quarters.

“That was great match by Kylee,” veteran Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “Hopefully, she can keep her momentum going today.”

Jim Aragon, Montrose’s first-year coach, kept his team’s performance in perspective.

“May May just lost to a phenomenal player,” he said. “In doubles, the girls played well, we just lost to some good players.”

Delta’s Tri Hantze and Becca Korthuiz were upended by Thompson Valley’s Alexie Newgord and Emily Erickson 6-1, 6-0.

“That was a good match by our No. 4 doubles team,” Thompson Valley coach Bill Lacock said. “They were able to dictate the action.”

Vickers, and Wieland and Wanner have a chance to come back in the tourney’s consolation bracket if Gebes and Cheyenne’s Adams and Boe make it into the finals. The semis and finals are at 9 a.m. today and Saturday, respectively.

Aspen’s Maggie Brown and Kayla Hansen (No. 1 doubles), and Steamboat’s Rachel Grubbs and Lauren Siegal (No. 3 doubles) and the Sailors’ Summer Smalley and Katie Ross (No. 4 doubles)  also could re-enter the tourney.

“I’m really hoping we can get some players back in,” Montrose’s Jim Aragon said.

Vickers started the tourney in strong fashion by ousting Niwot’s Caroline Runge 6-3, 6-1.

“I was happy with the way I played in that match,” said the 5-foot-5 Vickers, who is going to attend Bryant University in Rhode Island next fall and play tennis. “Against (Erin) Gebes, she’s just very athletic and I couldn’t do much against her.”

Gebes, a sophomore, praised Vickers.

“She’s a good player, but I was able to play well against her, especially in the first set,” Gebes said.


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