Montrose’s Vickers falls in 4A state tennis consolation semis

PUEBLO — Winning an individual state championship is the goal of every prep tennis player.

That goal was out of reach Friday for May May Vickers, but the Montrose High School senior did have a shot to play for third at the Class 4A state tournament.

Unfortunately for Vickers, she came up short in that bid, losing to Cheyenne Mountain’s Kristina Barber 6-1, 6-4 in the consolation semifinal at City Park.

When Barber defeated Vickers, it also clinched the team title for the Indians with 73 points.

“Playing against Kristina was kind of different because we’re good friends,” Vickers said. “We’ve played a bunch of junior tournaments this past year as doubles partners. I just had a tough match.”

The 5-foot-5 standout has had a nagging right shoulder throughout the season and it flared up in the Barber match. As a result, Vickers had to serve underhand, and then on the last point of the match, she twisted her right ankle and had to be carried off the court.

“May May was coming back despite her shoulder injury,” Montrose coach Jim Aragon said. “She had a good tournament, and she just lost to some very good players.”

Vickers reached the consolation bracket when D’Evelyn’s Erin Gebes beat Cheyenne’s Barber 7-5, 6-1 in the semifinals.

Gebes defeated Vickers 6-0, 6-1 in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

With new life Friday, Vickers ousted Golden’s Callie Morlock 6-1, 7-6 (7-1), but was upended by Barber.

“I was happy with the way I played in that first match,” Vickers said.

Montrose’s No. 2 doubles team of Kaitlynn Wieland and Marcia Wanner also dropped into the consolation bracket, thanks to Cheyenne Mountain’s Frances Adams and Katie Boe moving on to the finals. Wieland and Wanner met Broomfield’s Amy Haberthier and Bailey Schnoor in a playback match, losing 6-0, 6-2.

“This tournament was a good learning experience for us, and hopefully we will bring even more players to state next year,” Aragon said.

Steamboat Springs’ Kylee Swiggert lost to Shelby Cercovnik of Regis 6-1, 7-5 in the No. 2 singles semifinals. Swiggert did bounce back against Niwot’s Morgan Mulshine 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the third-place match at 9 this morning against Candice Krammer of Greeley West.

“That was an awesome match against Swiggert,” Niwot coach Mia Keronen said. “She just played a little better than us.”

The Sailors’ Rachel Grubbs and Lauren Siegal (No. 3 doubles) and Summer Smalley and Katie Ross (No. 4 doubles) also were in playbacks, and Siegal and Smalley play Lexi Newgord and Emily Erickson of Thompson Valley today for third place.


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