Breaking the state tennis tournament into three classifications, adding Class 3A, certainly had its detractors.
But more than anything, it gave the chance to schools and programs that normally were finished at the end of the grueling regional tournaments to play a little longer.
Last weekend weeded out the rest and set the stage for the best starting this Thursday at three different sites around the state.
In Class 5A at the refurbished Gates Tennis Center in Denver, defending champion Fairview will take its full allotment — all seven positions — in hopes of a repeat. A lot has been made of the lack of Seraphin Castelino, the defending No. 1 singles champion who missed this season due to a shoulder injury, but coach Susan Stensrud has gotten the most out of her ladder.
Sophie Pearson (No. 1 singles), Angela Cai (No. 2) and Ellie Savage (No. 3) were all regional champions and have combined to lose just four matches this season.
Broomfield's Ana and Allyson Horvath will have a go at Nos. 2 and 3 singles respectively. The Eagles will also have two doubles team in; much like Monarch.
The Class 4A state tournament returns to Pueblo City Park and only two BoCo teams will be represented in the Steel City.
Niwot swept the Region 5 tournament last weekend and did so at the expense of Longmont; but both teams will have everybody on hand in Pueblo.
The Class 3A tournament will be in Greeley at both Centennial Park and the University of Northern Colorado's facilities.
Both Dawson and Holy Family qualified their entire teams and both the Tigers and Mustangs could figure into the teams race come Saturday afternoon.
Peak to Peak twin sophomores Trisha (No. 1 singles) and Trini (No. 2) Somasundaram will be ones to watch. Trisha beat Dawson's Isha Banheree in the Region 5 final last week and is on the same side of the draw as Colorado Academy's freshman standout Sammy Moore-Thomson.
Mead was one of the beneficiaries of the new layout. The Mavericks qualified five spots, including all their doubles positions.
STATE TENNIS TOURNAMENTS
When: Thursday-Saturday; play begins each day at 9 a.m.
Where: Class 5A at Gates Tennis Center (Denver); Class 4A at Pueblo City Park; Class 3A at Centennial Park and UNC Courts (Greeley)
No. 1 singles — Sophie Pearson, Fairview
No. 2 singles — Ana Horvath, Broomfield; Angela Cai, Fairview
No. 3 singles — Ellie Savage, Fairview; Allyson Horvath, Broomfield
No. 1 doubles — Emma Lookner/Ana Pacheco, Monarch; Sydney Ho/Olivia Belton, Broomfield; Rachel Heilbronner/Kylie Feliciano, Fairview
No. 2 doubles — Denali Pinto/Katie Hirasaki, Fairview
No. 3 doubles — Laura Cook/Savannah Cook, Monarch; Emily Bechtel/Cassie Harper, Fairview; Meghan Roylance/Ellie Penner, Broomfield
No. 4 doubles — Grace O'Neill/Joy Ma, Fairview; Keeva Donahue/Emily Paul, Boulder
No. 1 singles — Taylor Thulson, Niwot; Rebecca Pavot, Longmont
No. 2 singles — Julia Pentz, Niwot; Amber Weston, Longmont
No. 3 singles — Rachel Drake, Niwot; Taylor Merz, Longmont
No. 1 doubles — Eva D'Epagnier/Madi Jayne, Longmont; Jewel Ng/Tehnley White, Niwot
No. 2 doubles — Tanna Carson/Felicia Archuleta, Longmont; Amanda Duquette, Niwot
No. 3 doubles — Lily Sieben/Avery O'Neill, Niwot; Andi Aker/Trista Woelfe, Longmont
No. 4 doubles — Jesse Bartel/Yasmine Culbertson, Longmont; Madee Trank-Greene/Yui Ishikawa, Niwot
No. 1 singles — Julia Giltner, Holy Family; Trisha Somasundaram, Peak to Peak; Isha Banerjee, Dawson
No. 2 singles — Paige Giltner, Holy Family; Trini Somasundaram, Peak to Peak; Bridget Bell, Dawson
No. 3 singles — Maggie Berry, Dawson; Lindsey Bovine, Holy Family; Erin Coyle, Mead
No. 1 doubles — Kylie Park/Jill Cowley, Mead; An Tran/Ciara Donovan, Holy Family; Ellie Beeck/Alexa Rinard, Dawson
No. 2 doubles — Emma Drouhard/Mandy Platt, Mead; Allie Blank/Isabelle Shehan, Dawson; Maren Steiner/Caroline Smolky, Holy Family
No. 3 doubles — Aria Barbour/Quin Ramos, Dawson; Brianna Lambert/Delaney Overlin, Mead; Leah Schwartz/Camilla Ruiz, Holy Family
No. 4 doubles — Nicole Hilton/Skylar Schutter, Dawson; Lexi Licata/Kate Diamond, Holy Family; Peyton Anton/Haley Vavla, Mead