DENVER - This was a rebuilding year for Fairview girls tennis and now that the season is over, the Knights feel as though they set themselves up for a big-potential campaign in 2018.

On the final day of the Class 5A state tournament at Gates Tennis Center on Saturday, the Knights finished seventh in the team scoring.

"One match went three sets and another was really close," Knights head coach Susan Stensrud said. "We had a lot of new kids this year. We just needed some experience so I was happy with how it all went and I was proud of how hard my kids played at state. We got a lot of great experience so we're excited for next year."

In Saturday's No. 3 singles third-place match, Fairview's Elli Savage fell 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Mountain Vista's Sammy Bheemireddy. In the No. 2 doubles third-place match, Fairview's Denali Pinto and Katie Hirasaki lost 6-4, 7-5 to Cherry Creek's Caroline Danos and Lexie Fisher.

In other Boulder-area action, Boulder High's No. 4 doubles pair - Keeva Donohue and Emily Paul - took third place, winning their bracket's third-place match 6-1, 6-5 over Chatfield's Teddy Reed and Lizzy Crane.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi

Class 5A girls tennis state tournament

At Gates Tennis Center


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Team scores — Cherry Creek 61, Mountain Vista 52, Ponderosa 42, Denver East 27, Heritage 19, Poudre 18, Fairview 17, Fossil Ridge 17, Smoky Hill 14, Chatfield 13, Grandview 11, ThunderRidge 10, Ralston Valley 7, Boulder 6, Regis Jesuit 5, Rock Canyon 4, Fruita Monument 2, Lakewood 1, Broomfield 1, Arapahoe 1, Grand Junction 1.

Championship matches

Singles — 1. Echton, Poudre, def. Singh, Smoky Hill, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4; 2. Cox, Ponderosa, def. Allen, Mountain Vista, 0-6, 6-1, 6-2; 3. Thomas, Heritage, def. Arul Kumar, Cherry Creek, 6-4, 7-6.

Doubles — 1. Grote/Pruitt, Mountain Vista, def. Barker/Waite, Ponderosa, 6-2, 6-3; 2. Darre/Wulf, Denver East, def. Cullop/Bendul, Grandview, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4; 3. Yan/Schiff, Cherry Creek, def. Farley/Quirk, Chatfield, 6-1, 6-0; 4. Chepard/Cantor, Cherry Creek, def. Collamore/Toepke, Fossil Ridge, 6-1, 6-4.

Third-place matches

Singles — 1. Zhong, Mountain Vista, def. Bruetting, ThunderRidge, 6-4, 6-0; 2. Eckenhausen, Denver East, def. Garud, Cherry Creek, 6-1, 6-1; 3. Bheemireddy, Mountain Vista, def. Savage, Fairview, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Doubles — 1. Hogan/Noble, Fossil Ridge, def. Murphy/Wilkins, Cherry Creek, 6-4, 6-4; 2. Danos/Fisher, Cherry Creek, def. Pinto/Hirasaki, 6-4, 7-5; 3. Lowe/Lowe, Ponderosa, def. Murphy/Antonsen, Mountain Vista, 6-4, 6-2; Donohue/Paul, Boulder, def. Reed/Crane, Chatfield, 6-1, 6-5.