Tigers have success in first round, lose in quarters at 4A state tourney
The Grand Junction High School girls tennis team had players in six of the seven flights at Friday's Class 4A state tournament in Pueblo.
Five won first-round matches, but the quarterfinals weren't kind to the Tigers as all the players lost.
No. 1 singles player Julianna Campos won her first-round match 6-1, 6-0 before losing to Niwot's Lucy Lu 6-1, 6-2. At No. 3 singles, Grace Rose advanced in straight sets before falling 6-3, 6-3 to Golden's Anastasia Outekhine.
Kylie Hanks and Lauren Lewis needed three sets to win their first-round match at No. 1 doubles and then lost 6-1, 6-2 to Golden's Makayla Middleton and Kate Ludford. At No. 2 doubles, Grand Junction's Elise Larsen and Callie Witt lost in the quarterfinals to Thompson Valley's Autumn Porter and Sydney Laws, who beat Central's Preetha Patel and Mayu Suto in the first round.
Erin Burger and Natalie Hanks lost in three sets in the first round at No. 3 doubles and Elise Junge and Grace Thompson won in straight sets in the first round at No. 4 doubles before falling 7-5, 6-2 to Windsor's Paige Shrader and Emmy Butler. Also at No. 4 doubles, Central's Adi Hill and Emma Wallit lost in three sets in the first round.
At the Class 5A state tournament at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver, Fruita Monument had players in six flights and all lost in the first round. The No. 3 doubles team Kyra Rooks and Laynie Collins were the only players to go to three sets, falling 6-7, 7-5, 7-5 to Fort Collins' Madelyn Potter and Isabel Cluett.