Rain pushes state tennis back one day

DENVER — For the first time in several years, the first day of the Class 5A State Girls Tennis Championships was postponed because of inclement weather.

The tournament was scheduled to get under way Thursday morning, instead it will start at 9 a.m. today.

“We’re fine,” Grand Junction coach Carol Elliott said. “Knowing we’re getting (the tournament) done in two days, I’m fine with that.”

Elliott allowed her team to sleep in today before hitting the mall. In the afternoon, the Central and Grand Junction teams practiced at an indoor facility for an hour and a half.

Many of the Fruita Monument players are spending the day with their parents, who made the trip, coach Clint Davis said.

All three singles tournaments and the No. 1 doubles will play three rounds at Gates Tennis Center with one round of playbacks scheduled to start around 4 p.m.

“As long as you let them know ahead of time, they respond a lot better than maybe the coaches,” Elliott said. “We’re used to Gates, but now at three sites it will be different. (The players) will be all right.”

The No. 2 doubles will play at deKoevend Park in Centennial and the No. 3 and 4 doubles will play at Denver City Park.

“Thank goodness we have three coaches to take care of the girls pretty well,” Davis said. “If they have to play three matches in one day.”

The second round of playbacks, championship and third-place matches will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at Gates.

Class 4A

Steamboat Springs is in fourth place after the opening round and quarterfinal round from the Class 4A state tennis championships at Pueblo City Park.

The Sailors’ No. 3 singles player, Claire Parsons, defeated Dayna DeMeritte 6-2, 6-2 to make today’s semifinals.

Durango’s No. 1 singles player, Eva-Lou Edwards defeated Jessica Ingrum of Mullen 7-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.


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