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Girls tennis: Lin sisters lead Peak to Peak to Longmont Invite title

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LONGMONT — Playing at No. 1 singles, Peak to Peak’s Jessica Lin battles the best players from every school the Pumas face.

That made Saturday a special day for Lin.

The senior won the No. 1 singles title at the Longmont Invitational, defeating Monarch’s Julia Gallant in the finals, 6-0, 6-2.

“This is my first time actually winning anything this big,” said Lin, who went 3-0 in the two-day event. “I never really win anything because the No. 1 singles position is a really tough position. It means a lot to me to win it.”

Lin’s victory helped the Pumas to the team title, too. They scored 62 points to outlast second-place Steamboat Springs, which had 51 points. Monarch was fifth, with 31 points, and Erie was seventh, with five.

In all, Peak to Peak won titles at four of the seven positions. Lin’s twin sister, Katherine, won at No. 2 singles. The Pumas’ No. 1 doubles (Amy Haberthier and Rachel Reeser) and No. 2 doubles (Jenny Seo and Galen Roda) also took home first-place awards.

No. 3 singles player Brittany Guidetti added a third-place finish.

“As a team, Peak to Peak is pretty solid,” Jessica Lin said. “I think we have a really good chance to go to state this year.”

Lin said she felt fortunate to defeat Gallant, whom she has faced several times before.

“I think Julia is a great player,” Lin said. “I played with her so many times before and I think we are pretty even in how many matches we won. Today, it was really important for me to stay patient and play through my shots and hit through my shots as best as I can.”

Lin was also pleased to see her sister win. Katherine Lin also won the No. 2 singles title at this event last year.

“Katherine has been my practice partner forever,” Jessica said. “She was always there with me. We’re great together, practicing every day for a long time and we train together a lot.”

Gallant, meanwhile, focused on the positive after falling to Jessica Lin. She went 2-0 to reach the finals.

“It was really big,” she said of placing second. “I am having a good season.”

A senior, Gallant has not been to state, but said she’d like to change that.

“I’m hoping this will be my year,” she said. “It’s tough for No. 1 singles to make it. But it’s all good to play against these tough players (at this tournament). It’s all good practice for regionals and state.”

Monarch’s No. 4 doubles team (Hannah Kim and Grace Tallmon) also reached Saturday’s finals but fell to Longmont and claimed second place. The Coyotes also had fourth-place finishes from No. 3 singles player Katie Mintle and their No. 2 doubles team.

Erie placed fourth at No. 3 doubles and No. 4 doubles.

 

Longmont Invitational

At Longmont H.S.

Team scores — Peak to Peak 62, Steamboat Springs 51, Eaton 36, Longmont 35, Monarch 31, Rampart 19, Erie 5, Niwot JV 0, Skyline 0.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES

No. 1 singles — Jessica Lin, Peak to Peak, def. Julia Gallant, Monarch, 6-0, 6-2.

No. 2 singles — Katherine Lin, Peak to Peak, def. Ellie Bender, Steamboat Springs, 6-3, 6-4.

No. 3 singles — Kira Lorenzen, Steamboat Springs, def. Kayleigh Schmidt, Rampart, default (illness).

No. 1 doubles — Amy Haberthier/Rachel Reeser, Peak to Peak, def. Katie Spencer/Shealie Jenkins, Steamboat Springs, 6-2, 6-0.

No. 2 doubles — Jenny Seo/Galen Roda, Peak to Peak, def. Ashley Wright/Morgan Christensen, Longmont, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

No. 3 doubles — Karen Sigg/Abigail Sanford, Eaton, def. Hannah Haggarty/Maria Fraiola, Steamboat Springs, 6-4, 6-4.

No. 4 doubles — Fiona Patterson/Cynthia Mosness, Longmont, def. Hannah Kim/Grace Tallmon, Monarch, 6-1, 6-2.

THIRD-PLACE MATCHES

No. 1 singles — Courtney Lockey, Eaton, def. Maggie Fell, Longmont, 7-6(7-5), 6-4.

No. 2 singles — Leya Hartman, Rampart, def. Megan Ice, Eaton, 6-2, 6-4.

No. 3 singles — Brittany Guidetti, Peak to Peak, def. Katie Mintle, Monarch, 6-3, 6-1.

No. 1 doubles — Katherine Harper/Maddy Shelton, Eaton, def. Kelle Kloster/Maddie Precht, Longmont, 6-3, 6-2.

No. 2 doubles — Maddy Labor/Brooke Metzler, Steamboat Springs def. Alysa Remington/Danni Simon, Monarch, 6-2, 6-3.

No. 3 doubles — Ashley Raykovitz/Lexi Knutson, Longmont, def. Natalie Sinks/Becca Vincent, Erie, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 4 doubles — Sydney Boyd/Sabena Berend, Steamboat Springs, def. Sammi Grenier/Kaitlyn Thornton, Erie, 6-0, 6-2.