Holy Family’s Julia Giltner watches as the ball glides back over the net on Thursday at the Class 3A state tournament in Greeley.
Holy Family's Julia Giltner watches as the ball glides back over the net on Thursday at the Class 3A state tournament in Greeley. (Joshua Polson / The Greeley Tribune)

GREELEY — Emma Drouhard and Mandy Platt will look back in a couple years and realize what they did on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament in Greeley.

It was big in so many ways.

Not only did the Mead No. 2 doubles team record the first ever victory for the now three year old Mavericks program at state, they did so over the team from Colorado Academy and threw a monkey-wrench into the whole team race.

"It was awesome and their level of intensity has been really, really high," said Mavs coach Ben Holskin, who brought five positions — including all of his doubles teams — to Greeley. "They are always positive and the way they didn't fold when they were facing tough points was a great sign; and that is the way they played all year."

Drouhard and Platt, who would eventually bow out in the quarterfinals to the team from D'Evelyn, rolled in the first set 6-2 and looked good doing it. Colorado Academy rallied to take the second set 7-5 and set up a decisive third.

If they were nervous, and Holskin said they were, it didn't show. Down 4-3 in the third, Drouhard and Platt rallied to win the final three games and win the match 6-4 in the final set.

"We told all the girls coming in that they were going to be competitive and they were in every match," Holskin said. "Yeah, we lost them, but they were fighting in every set and nobody got wiped out."


The victory is just the shot in the arm the young program needs moving forward and Holskin hopes that potential players roaming the halls at Mead take notice and help build a program that could easily make noise on the 3A level.

"We had a lot of players who had never played before this year, and this senior groups attitude and enthusiasm rubbed off on the younger girls and a lot of them are looking forward to getting better," he said. "Even if they don't make it to state next year, I can see it happening in two years time, cause they want to get better and they love playing."

The aforementioned team race is tight after the first two rounds. Colorado Academy, Dawson and D'Evelyn each have 16 points and Holy Family is right behind at 15.

Dawson advanced to the semifinals in five of the seven positions and will face Holy Family — four semifinalists — head-to-head in two of those, including at No. 3 singles.

Mustangs senior Maggie Berry has yet to lose a match this year, let alone drop a set and she will take on Tigers senior Lindsey Bovine on Friday morning at 9 a.m.

Berry, who is making her first appearance at the state tournament, is playing like she has been there before.

Mead’s Mandy Platt shouts as she hits a shot on Thursday at the Class 3A state tournament in Greeley.
Mead's Mandy Platt shouts as she hits a shot on Thursday at the Class 3A state tournament in Greeley. (Joshua Polson / The Greeley Tribune)

"I think nerves are at their peak at regionals, and once you get past that you can come to state and just enjoy it," said Berry, who dropped just four games in her two matches on Thursday at Centennial Park. "I was more aggressive at the net today, which is something I don't normally do, but it worked today."

Dawson freshman Bridget Bell also rolled into the semifinals and will face Steamboat Springs' Maddie Thompson, who took out Peak to Peak's Trini Somasundaram 7-5, 7-5 in a rematch of their Longmont Invitational championship match.

It wasn't all bad for the Somasundaram twins. Trini's twin sister Trisha cruised through her first two matches to set up a rematch with Colorado Academy freshman Sammy Moore-Thomson — who beat her 6-0, 6-0 during the regular season — in the semifinals.

"It's been a month since I played her and I just want to play my best against her, she's an amazing player," said Trisha Somasundaram, who was able to do a little scouting after her 6-0, 6-0 rout of Fountain Valley's Ivy Zhang in the quarters. "I usually try to find their weaknesses and what part of their game I can attack.

"When it gets stressful, she starts getting a little nervous, so if I get the momentum, she may get nervous and breakdown."

Jon Yunt: yuntj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/JonEYunt


At Centennial Park and UNC

Team scores (After Day 1) — Colorado Academy 16, D'Evelyn 16, Dawson 16, Holy Family 15, Eaton 10, Steamboat Springs 8, Vanguard 6, Aspen 5, C.S. Christian 4, Pueblo County 4, University 3, Peak to Peak 3, Fountain Valley 2, Mead 1, St. Mary's Academy 1.

First round matches

No. 1 singles — Mae Thorp, Steamboat Springs def. Hailey Janson, Conifer, 6-1, 6-1; Julia Giltner, Holy Family def. Kelly Guzman, Skyview, 6-1, 6-0; Myiah Scott, Eaton def. April McDonald, Pueblo Central, 6-4, 7-5; Delaney Wilklow, Vanguard def. Julia Molnar, D'Evelyn, 6-3, 6-1; Ivy Zhang, Fountain Valley def. McKenzie Davis, St. Mary's Academy, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; Trisha Somasundaram, Peak to Peak def. Kate Griffin, C.S. School, 6-1, 6-3; Mary Williams, Aspen def. Janna Phansiri, University, 6-4, 6-1; Sammy Moore-Thomson, Colorado Academy def. Isha Banerjee, Dawson, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 2 singles — Cynthia Morin, C.S. Christian def. Cassidy Montee, Pueblo Central, 6-2, 7-5; Savannah Mease, Colorado Academy def. Vanessa Fernandes, Conifer, 6-3, 6-2; Camille Krammer, University def. Viridiana Bonilla, St. Mary's Academy, 6-1, 6-1; Paige Giltner, Holy Family def. Lindsey Leafgren, Holy Family, 6-2, 6-3; Maddie Thompson, Steamboat Springs def. Trini Somasundaram, Peak to Peak, 7-5, 7-5; Abby Molnar, D'Evelyn def. Kelsey Stroud, Paonia, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3; Bridget Bell, Dawson def. Makayla Romero, Alameda, 6-0, 6-0; Krista Davis, Vanguard def. Erin Mauro, Pueblo County, 6-2, 6-2.

No. 3 singles — Maggie Berry, Dawson def. Sarah Emmanuel, St. Mary's Academy, 6-1, 6-1; Delaney DeMott, Fountain Valley def. Anna Citron, Aspen, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; Lindsey Bovine, Holy Family def. Janie Phansiri, University, 6-4, 6-4; Stephanie Manzanares, Pueblo County def. Catherine Bui, Arvada, 6-1, 6-0; Idalia Jackson, Vanguard def. Dana Gilsan, Alameda, 6-1, 6-1; Nicole Pei, C.S. Christian def. Darcie Kaiser, Eaton, 7-6, 7-5; Rachel Molnar, D'Evelyn def. Lily Fox, Steamboat Springs, 7-6, 6-4; Amanda Funk, Colorado Academy def. Erin Coyle, Mead, 6-3, 6-1.

No. 1 doubles — Erin Seeley/Heather Marion, University def. Abby Ceglowski/Rebekah LaCroix, Salida, 7-5, 6-4; Amelia Lochhead/Hope Cherubini, Colorado Academy def. Kambry Hall/Ashley Ziemer, Paonia, 6-0, 6-0; Emmie Thompson/Natalie Simon, Steamboat Springs def. Kylie Park/Jill Cowley, Mead, 6-3, 6-2; Courtney Leafgren/Shelby Naill, Eaton def. Hannah Girard/Alex Garduno, Pueblo Central, 6-1, 6-0; An Tran/Ciara Donovan, Holy Family def. KeriAnn Simpson/Tayler Stack, Arvada, 6-1, 6-1; Ellie Beeck/Alexa Rinard, Dawson def. Samantha Salazar/Michelle Dihn, Alameda, 6-0, 6-1; Angi Reed/Taylor Whatley, D'Evelyn def. Kimberly Tyson/Tyesha Lockyer, C.S. Christian, 6-0, 6-1; Nicole Alderman/Tacey Davis, Vanguard def. Addison Barstad/Hannah Holm, Lutheran, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

No. 2 doubles — Karina Keller/Grace Ferguson, Aspen def. Brittney Martinez/Tehya Gutierrea, Pueblo Central, 6-3, 6-1; Katherine Crise/Ali Leen, St. Mary's Academy def. Mia Jackson/Madi Sanchez, Vanguard, 6-4, 6-3; Emma Drouhard/Mandy Platt, Mead def. Grace Ingebretsen/Lauren Preston, Colorado Academy, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4; Cammy Lee/Elisa Dean, D'Evelyn def. Tina Hoang/Jacky Cruz, Alameda, 6-0, 6-0; Faith Anaya/Emily Bell, Pueblo County def. Macy O'Rourke/Haley Park, Paonia, 6-4, 6-4; Allie Blank/Isabelle Shehan, Dawson def. Liz Van der Torre/Alexsi Vieyra, University, 6-2, 7-6; Maren Steiner/Caroline Smolky, Holy Family def. Paige Ringelberg/Jessica Oudakker, Conifer, 6-1, 6-1; Kadie Griffith/Kinsey Mawson, Eaton def. Gracie Harrison/Brooke Sweatman, C.S. Christian, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 3 doubles — Aria Barbour/Quin Ramos, Dawson def. Abby Sears/Maddy Harper, Eaton, 6-1, 6-2; Tswana Caine/Caolinn Mullaney, Vanguard def. Hadley McGee/Christina Hathaway, Steamboat Springs, 6-4, 6-4; Acacia Dasher/Atley Kleven, Pueblo County def. Cindy Hoang/Ivette Sanchez, Alameda, 6-2, 6-1; Maggie Hime/Olivia Sanders, D'Evelyn def. Kenzie Oreskovich/Ali Sundrup, Lutheran, 6-4, 6-2; Ann-Claire Lin/Lila Arnold, Colorado Academy def. Brianna Lambert/Delaney Overlin, Mead, 7-5, 6-1; Bliss Pekkala/Olivia Burkley, Aspen def. Camryn Gonzales/Emily Ramirez, La Junta, 6-2, 7-6; Leah Schwartz/Camilla Ruiz, Holy Family def. Hannah Goodrich/Michaela Thoman, C.S. Christian, 6-0, 6-0; Katie Potter/Natalie Orcutt, University def. Marissa Roccanova/Jessie Levesque-Etling, Conifer, 6-1, 6-0.

No. 4 doubles — Rachel Leasure/Irene Sanz, Vanguard def. Eimy Fernandez/Hazel Guzman, Skyview, 6-0, 6-0; Charity Perks/Keri Jennings, D'Evelyn def. Ana Mathewes/Sophie Russell, La Junta, 6-0, 6-0; Nicole Hilton/Skylar Schutter, Dawson def. Vanessa Gabaldon/Diandra Brooks, University, 6-1, 6-4; Lexi Licata/Kate Diamond, Holy Family def. Lacee Norris/Emilia Gordivas, Arvada, 6-2, 6-0; Lauren Ehrlich/Morgan Sauerbrey, Steamboat Springs def. Sabrina Jackson/Kaylee Leachman, C.S. School, 6-1, 6-1; Sydney Booth/Mikaelee Salberg, Eaton def. Abby Holm/Elizabeth Chwialkowski, Lutheran, 6-1, 6-0; Sophia Valentine/Mikayla DeCarlo, Pueblo County def. Peyton Anton/Haley Vavla, Mead, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5; Alexandra Ford/Story Wolf-Tinsman, Colorado Academy def. Sawyer Ross/Rosalie Potvin, Glenwood Springs, 6-2, 6-2.


No. 1 singles — Thorp, Steamboat Springs def. J. Giltner, Holy Family, 6-3, 6-3; Scott, Eaton def. Wilklow, Vanguard, 6-3, 6-4; Trisha Somasundaram, Peak to Peak def. Zhang, Fountain Valley, 6-0, 6-0; Moore-Thomson, Colorado Academy def. Williams, Aspen, 6-2, 6-0.

No. 2 singles — Mease, Colorado Academy def. Morin, C.S. Christian, 7-6, 6-1; Krammer, University def. P. Giltner, Holy Family, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Thompson, Steamboat Springs def. A. Molnar, D'Evelyn, 6-4, 6-0; Bell, Dawson def. Davis, Vanguard, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 3 singles — Berry, Dawson def. DeMott, Fountain Valley, 6-0, 6-1; Bovine, Holy Family def. Manzanares, Pueblo County, 6-0, 6-0; Pei, C.S. Christian def. Jackson, Vanguard, 6-2, 6-2; R. Molnar, D'Evelyn def. Funk, Colorado Academy, 6-4, 6-4.

No. 1 doubles — Lochhead/Cherubini, Colorado Academy def. Seeley/Marion, University, 6-4, 7-5; Leafgren/Naill, Eaton def. Thompson/Simon, Steamboat Springs, 6-3, 6-1; Beeck/Rinard, Dawson def. Tran/Donovan, Holy Family, 7-6, 6-1; Reed/Whatley, D'Evelyn def. Alderman/Davis, Vanguard, 6-2, 6-0.

No. 2 doubles — Keller/Ferguson, Aspen def. Crise/Leen, St. Mary's Academy, 6-4, 6-4; Lee/Dean, D'Evelyn def. Drouhard/Platt, Mead, 6-4, 6-1; Blank/Shehan, Dawson def. Anaya/Bell, Pueblo County, 5-7, 6-0, 6-4; Steiner/Smolky, Holy Family def. Griffith/Mawson, Eaton, 6-4, 6-4.

No. 3 doubles — Barbour/Ramos, Dawson def. Caine/Mullaney, Vanguard, 6-2, 6-1; Hime/Sanders, D'Evelyn def. Dasher/Kleven, Pueblo County, 6-0, 6-1; Lin/Arnold, Colorado Academy def. Pekkala/Burkley, Aspen, 6-1, 6-3; Schwartz/Ruiz, Holy Family def. Potter/Orcutt, University, 6-2, 7-5.

No. 4 doubles — Perks/Jennings, D'Evelyn def. Leasure/Sanz, Vanguard, 6-0, 6-2; Licata/Diamond, Holy Family def. Hilton/Schutter, Dawson, 6-3, 6-4; Booth/Salberg, Eaton def. Ehrlich/Sauerbrey, Steamboat Springs, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4; Ford/Wolf-Tinsman, Colorado Academy def. Valentine/DeCarlo, Pueblo County, 6-2, 6-0.