For the second consecutive year, the Cedaredge girls tennis team qualified a doubles team for the 4A state tennis tournament. The Bruins' 3 doubles team of Cassydy Zamarripa and Brittany Sullivan was seeded second going into the tournament.
They received a first-round bye, then defeated Aspen, 6-0, 6-1. They followed up with a hard-fought 6-4, 7-5 win over Glenwood Springs to advance to day-two finals against No. 1 seeded Steamboat Springs.
Zamarripa and Sullivan lost to the Sailors in straight sets Thursday, 7-5, 6-0, to place second.
The seeding actually worked out for them, said head coach Don McFadden, and that's unusual in regional competition. McFadden also coached the 4 doubles team of Katie O'Hern and Sierra McHugh to state in 2012.
"I was hoping to get two to state," said McFadden. The 4 doubles team of Madison Eckhart and Tessa Wick was seeded third and fared well in early rounds. They received a first-round bye, then topped Delta's Tylor Redden and Noemy Baltazar, 6-0, 6-7 (7-9), 6-0. They lost, 7-5, 6-0, to Montrose, and received a playback against Carlynn Toothaker and Lexi Arroyo of Hotchkiss when Montrose lost to No. 1-seeded Steamboat Springs. Montrose had defeated Hotchkiss,6-0, 6-0, in second-round play.
Zamarripa and Sullivan played well in their 6-0, 6-0 playback win over Hotchkiss, but weren't playing as well as they had been when they faced Cortez in a playback, said McFadden. It was their third match of the season, with Cortez claiming the league win in April. Cortez lost to Cedaredge at the Delta County tournament.
The Bruins were up early on, but ended the first set with a 6-2 loss. Cedaredge claimed a 5-7 win in the second set, and were up 5-4 at one point in the third set, said McFadden. Some questionable calls and other factors caused them to lose focus, and they ended the set with a 7-5 loss to place fourth.
The Bruins scored 16 points to place eighth at the 12-team tournament, and placed highest among the four Delta County schools. At 1 doubles, Ashlee Love and Katie O'Hern defeated Rosa Medina and Heather Wilczek of Paonia, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. In round two, they faced the No. 1-seeded team from Steamboat Springs, and lost 6-1, 6-3.
At 2 doubles, Abbey Burgett and Bethany Smaildefeated Bree Vernon and Tijay Lehman of Hotchkiss, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, before falling in quarterfinals to Glenwood Springs, 6-0, 6-2.
The state tournament opens Thursday at Pueblo City Park in Pueblo.
Cedaredge will lose 1 singles player Jessica Chavalier, and one alternate from the varsity team. The rest of the varsity players are either sophomores or juniors. "If everyone plays a little tennis this summer, next year could be a peak year," said McFadden, who retired from teaching in 2012. McFadden returned this season, and said he promised this year's junior class that he'd stick with them until they graduated. It's up to the school, said McFadden, "But if they'd have me, I'd come back another year."blog comments powered by Disqus