GREELEY — Never in her wildest dreams did Peak to Peak sophomore Trisha Somasundaram think Friday in the Class 3A No. 1 singles semifinals at Centennial Park was going to go like it did against Colorado Academy's Sammy Moore-Thomson.
Sure, you want to approach every endeavor like you are going to win it, but Somasundaram is a realist and it was one short month ago that she was whitewashed by Moore-Thomson 6-0, 6-0 in a dual. Moore-Thomson, who is known nationally on the tennis scene, went into the state tournament as a heavy favorite to win the title.
"I felt like I wasn't going to win and maybe I could get a couple of games here and there," Somasundaram said. "But I was surprised at how well I played and I thought, you know what? There is nothing to lose, so let me just play my best."
And her absolute best was good enough to not only take the first set 6-4 after being down 4-1, but she was also up 4-1 in the second and just six points away from a spot in the finals.
But the energy she expelled to get to that point took it's toll and the Colorado Academy freshman, who was so frustrated at times in the match that she was driven to tears, regained her composure, stepped on the gas pedal and won the final 12 games of the match to advance to the finals 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.
"There was a lot of loss of energy and she went to the philosophy of 'I don't care anymore,'" said Somasundaram, who dropped into the consolation half of the bracket against Aspen's Mary Williams. "So she just started smashing every ball left and right and it was hard for me to run for those, because I was totally out of energy."
It was a game effort from Somasundaram, whose coach Eric Farran knew she had it in her.
"I felt great about where she was and I am proud of her," he said. "She was in control of the match at 4-1 and was executing the game-plan flawlessly; but she also got fatigued and her opponent hit another gear thinking she was about to lose. She started going for shots and she connected and gained confidence from that."
It will be a learning experience for Somasundaram, who is likely to cross paths with Moore-Thomson several times over the next few seasons, both on the summer tours and in high school.
"Trisha is improving daily, weekly and monthly and we are working on things very specific and getting better at those things," said Farran, whose pupil was fearless in trading high quality ground strokes with the hard-hitting Moore-Thomson. "Over the last year her came has changed and evolved and she has more wrinkles in her game.
"I suspect she will have a good summer and fall and next year she will be back and I'm sure she wants a title."
Dawson advanced two singles players to Saturday's finals, in freshman No. 2 Bridget Bell and senior No. 3 Maggie Berry.
Bell, whose backhand got a workout against Steamboat Springs' Maddie Thompson, cruised in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 and will face Colorado Academy junior Savannah Mease in the finals.
"This was my goal, I really wanted to get here, so I have achieved that," said Bell, who has dropped just seven games in three matches. "Everybody else knew I could do it, I just had to take it a match at a time.
"Getting to that goal takes a lot of pressure off. I just want to hit out and have fun and that's my main goal for tomorrow."
Berry kept her perfect record in tact, rolling past Holy Family's Lindsey Bovine in straight sets 6-1, 6-3. She will face D'Evelyn's Rachel Molnar in the finals.
Holy Family will also be represented in the finals. The Tigers No. 2 doubles team of Maren Steiner and Caroline Smolky as well as their No. 3 tandem of Lea Schwartz and Camilla Ruiz each prevailed in three sets to make their way to the finals against the teams from D'Evelyn.
"We had no idea what we were looking at when we came here, and I don't think anyone did, but the tennis and the competition has been incredible," Holy Family coach Brittany Storgaard said. "I don't think you can be disappointed and even the matches we lost, we lost to really good players. I couldn't be more proud of our girls and the way they played today."
Finals and third place matches get underway on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
CLASS 3A STATE TOURNAMENT
At Centennial Park
Team scores — D'Evelyn 51, Colorado Academy 49, Dawson School 44, Holy Family 35, Eaton 27, Steamboat Springs 26, Aspen 16, University 12, Colorado Springs christian 10, Vanguard 9, Pueblo County 5, Fountain Valley 3, Peak to Peak 2, Mead 2, St. Mary's Academy 1, Lutheran 1.
No. 1 singles — Mae Thorpe, Steamboat Springs def. Myiah Scott, Eaton, 7-5, 6-1; Sammy Moore-Thomson, Colorado Academy def. Trisha Somasundaram, Peak to Peak, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.
No. 2 singles — Savannah Mease, Colorado Academy def. Camille Krammer, University, 6-3, 7-5; Bridget Bell, Dawson def. Maddie Thompson, Steamboat Springs, 6-1, 6-3.
No. 3 singles — Maggie Berry, Dawson def. Lindsey Bovine, Dawson, 6-1, 6-3; Rachel Molnar, D'Evelyn def. Nicole Pei, C.S. Christian, 7-5, 6-4.
No. 1 doubles — Courtney Leafgren/Shelby Naill, Eaton def. Amelia Lochhead/Hope Cherubini, Colorado Academy, 6-1, 6-4; Angi Reed/Taylor Whatley, D'Evelyn def. Ellie Beeck/Alexa Rinard, Dawson, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 2 doubles — Cammy Lee/Elisa Dean, D'Evelyn def. Karina Keller/Grace Ferguson, Aspen, 6-1, 6-1; Maren Steiner/Caroline Smolky, Holy Family def. Allie Blank/Isabelle Shehan, Dawson, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 3 doubles — Maggie Hime/Olivia Sanders, D'Evelyn def. Aria Barbour/Quin Ramos Dawson, 6-1, 7-6; Leah Schwartz/Camilla Ruiz, Holy Family def. Ann-Claire Lin/Lila Arnold, Colorado Academy, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
No. 4 doubles — Charity Perks/Keri Jennings, D'Evelyn def. Lexi Licata/Kate Diamond, Holy Family, 7-5, 6-3; Alexandra Ford/Story Wolf-Tinsmn, Colorado Academy def. Sydney Booth/Mikaelee Salberg, Eaton, 6-4, 6-4.