GJ Zebras win state USTA team title

The Grand Junction Tennis Club Zebras, from left to right, Jayme Kyle, Sandy Perea, Marilyn Hall, Arliss Bridgett and Jolene Walker, won the 3.5 state team title last weekend.

They didn’t have any substitutes, but the Grand Junction Tennis Club Zebras didn’t need them.

The Grand Junction USTA Twilight women’s 3.5 team won the Colorado state title last weekend in Denver.

“Our team has been to the (state) playoffs in Denver many times, and we have never gotten to the final rounds,” team captain Marilyn Hall said in an email. “To say we are elated that we won the final is an understatement. Grand Junction teams are becoming more competitive in these playoffs in the last few years thanks to the strong tennis community in Grand Junction.”

The Zebras won five times in the state tournament with the minimum five players. Three players on the team weren’t able to participate in state for personal reasons.

It is the first time a Grand Junction USTA team won a state title since a women’s 4.0 team did it in 2008. That team was captained by Janine Burke.

Hall acknowledged Sandra and Kathy Elliott for their coaching tips throughout the year.

The Zebras defeated the Denver Berkley Park team 2-1 in the final. Jolene Walker won the singles match. Arliss Bridgett and Sandy Perea won one of the two doubles matches. Both of Grand Junction’s wins went three sets.

The team consists of Hall, Walker, Bridgett, Perea, Jayme Kyle, Jennifer Watson, Laurni Blanchard and Linda Hughes.

Grand Junction won the district tournament to advance to state.


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