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Girls tennis: Niwot’s Di Scipio, Sieben savoring chance at third place in 4A

Niwot's Janie Sieben, left, and Alicia Di Scipio return a volley in the consolation semifinals at the 4A state tennis tournament at Pueblo City Park in Pueblo on Thursday.
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Niwot’s Janie Sieben, left, and Alicia Di Scipio return a volley in the consolation semifinals at the 4A state tennis tournament at Pueblo City Park in Pueblo on Thursday.

PUEBLO — Niwot’s Alicia Di Scipio and Janie Sieben just keep sticking around in the No. 4 doubles bracket at the 4A state tennis tournament.

On Saturday morning, the Cougars pair who were once just happy to be listed among the state’s top 16, will compete for the third spot on the podium.

It won’t be a wasted moment for a senior and a sophomore who hadn’t taken the court at Pueblo City Park in any previous year’s field.

“As a senior, I know I’m never going to have this opportunity again,” Di Scipio said. “I’m definitely not going to have the chance to play with Janie again, so we are not taking it for granted while we’re here.”

Di Scipio said they came out slower than they should have in their last match after a long break following a grueling 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(3) loss to Cheyenne Mountain’s Megan Dibble and Elizabeth Stagnaro on Friday.

“We just decided that if we wanted to get to the point where we could win third or fourth then we just had to pick it up,” Di Scipio said. “We needed to play our own game and not focus on our previous loss.”

Di Scipio said she and Sieben were intimidated by the Cheyenne Mountain prestige. But coming so close to beating the favored Indians pair gave the Cougars duo confidence that it could compete with anyone.

The Cougars will battle Kent Denver’s Kate Herrington and Tempel Haifleigh at 9 a.m. Saturday. When they enter the gated courts for the third-place match, Sieben said they’ll look to recapture the momentum that got them there.

“It’s going to be difficult, considering it’s for third place,” Sieben said. “But we’re confident and we’re excited to get in there.”

Two more Cougars playing for third, Kaitlyn Skinner and Annika Jarvinen will take on D’Evelyn’s Amanda Seaman and Sarah Dinegar in the No. 3 doubles consolation finals.

As for the Cougars’ top player, junior Erin Mulshine, she improved on her sophomore campaign by reaching the consolation semifinals at No. 1 singles after a three-match day.

“It’s motivating to work hard and then come back stronger next year as a team and as an individual,” Mulshine said. “There’s a lot of really great teams and a lot of good competition that we don’t see during the main season so it’s motivating for next year.”

The Cougars will enter the final day in seventh place with 12 team points and an outside chance of returning to the top five.

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4A girls state tennis results

Team scores — Cheyenne Mountain 77, Kent Denver 40, St. Mary’s 39, D’Evelyn 28, Pueblo West 17, Denver South 14, Niwot 12, Air Academy 11, Centaurus 9, Broomfield 8, Valor Christian 8, Steamboat Springs 4, Peak to Peak 3, Mullen 2, Thompson Valley 2, Pueblo Centennial 1, Eaton 1, Discovery Canyon 1, Holy Family 1, Longmont 1, Palmer Ridge 1, University 1.

Championship quarterfinals

No. 1 singles — Kalyssa Hall, Cheyenne Mountain, def. Erin Mulshine, Niwot, 6-3, 6-2; Alex Weil, St. Mary’s, def. Sarah Coy, Pueblo West, 6-2, 6-0; Delaney Nalen, Kent Denver, def. Rachel Grubbs, Steamboat Springs, 6-1, 6-0; Meagan Monaghan, Denver South, def. Glenna Gee-Taylor, Centaurus, 6-3, 6-0.

No. 2 singles — Annie Horn, D’Evelyn, def. Megan Komma, Pueblo West, 6-0, 6-3; Payton Fielding, Cheyenne Mountain, def. Belen Vidal, Thompson Valley, 6-0, 6-1; Ashley Burnett, Air Academy, def. Stephanie Graziano, Mullen, 6-3, 6-4; Caroline Kawula, Kent Denver, def. Emma Igoe, Pueblo Centennial, 6-4, 6-3.

No. 3 singles — Suzy Xiao, St. Mary’s, def. Shivaun Wood, Broomfield, 6-1, 6-1; Allie Bravo, Pueblo West, def. Gabriella Hesse, Discovery Canyon, 6-0, 6-3; Daniela Adamczyk, Cheyenne Mountain, def. Kira Lorenzen, Steamboat Springs, 6-1, 6-2; Lexi Reed, D’Evelyn, def. Diane Babcock, Palmer Ridge, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2.

No. 1 doubles — Lauran Renjard/Jessica Metz, Cheyenne Mountain, def. Maddie Precht/Kelle Kloster, Longmont, 6-3, 6-0; Claire Chrisman/Nicole Schlatter, St. Mary’s, def. Sarah Magilligan/Caitlin McCarthy, Pueblo West, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2; Rachel Prokupek/Elizabeth Smedley, Kent Denver, def. Annie Hertel/Kaylee Pott, Valor Christian, 7-6(3), 7-5; Amy Haberthier/Rachel Reeser, Peak to Peak, def. Sara Esfahani/Anna Schwartz, Colorado Academy, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

No. 2 doubles — Lara Walden/Alison Lynch, Cheynne Mountain, def. Brooke Mertzler/Maddie Labor, Steamboat Springs, 6-3, 6-1; Lindsey Ross/Cassandra Ho, Broomfield, def. Maura Derr/Izzy Stafford, Niwot, 6-4, 7-4; Carysa McCown/Taylor Gaide, Pueblo West, def. Caitlin Barron/Katie Fisher, Colorado Academy, 7-6(5), 6-3; Elaina Villanueva/Rachael Haas, St. Mary’s, def. Abby Lydens/Kara Robbins, D’Evelyn, 6-4, 6-1.

No. 3 doubles — Lily Rogers-Masamori/Diandrea Beckman, Kent Denver, def. Lauren Howe-Kerr/Ana Rios, Pueblo West, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0; Kaitlyn Skinner/Annika Jarvinen, Niwot, def. Kelly Dempsey/Kailey Silverstein, Holy Family, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1; Caroline Fitzhugh/Tory Louis, Cheyenne Mountain, def. Anne Zou/Brooklyn Stern, Air Academy, 6-1, 6-0; Amanda Seaman/Sarah Dinegar, D’Evelyn, def. Olivia Caldwell-Nepveux/Kyla Sherap, Colorado Academy, 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-2.

No. 4 doubles — Megan Dibble/Elizabeth Stagnaro, Cheyenne Mountain, def. Izzy Lydens/Katherine Jacobs, D’Evelyn, 6-3, 6-3; Alicia DiScipio/Janie Sieben, Niwot, def. Rebekah Dinnebeck/Alexis Hoecher, University, 6-4, 6-0; Sage Lochhad/Claudia Morse, Colorado Academy, def. Serena McCown/Amber Brusak, Pueblo West, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Kate Herrington/Tempel Haifleigh, Kent Denver, def. Sydney Boyd/Sabina Berend, Steamboat Springs, 6-2, 6-0.

Championship semifinals

No. 1 singles — Kalyssa Hall, Cheyenne Mountain, def. Alex Weil, St. Mary’s, 6-4, 6-2; Meagan Monaghan, Denver South, def. Delaney Nalen, Kent Denver, 6-0, 6-3.

No. 2 singles — Payton Fielding, Cheyenne Mountain, def. Annie Horn, D’Evelyn, 6-0, 6-0; Caroline Kawula, Kent Denver, def. Ashley Burnett, Air Academy, 6-1, 6-4.

No. 3 singles — Suzy Xiao, St. Mary’s, def. Allie Bravo, Pueblo West, 0-6, 6-3, 6-2; Daniela Adamczyk, Cheyenne Mountain, def. Lexi Reed, D’Evelyn, 6-0, 6-3.

No. 1 doubles — Lauran Renjard/Jessica Metz, Cheyenne Mountain, def. Claire Chrisman/Nicole Schlatter, 6-3, 6-1; Rachel Prokupek/Elizabeth Smedley, Kent Denver, def. Amy Haberthier/Rachel Reeser, Peak to Peak, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.

No. 2 doubles — Lara Walden/Alison Lynch, Cheyenne Mountain, def. Lindsey Ross/Cassandra Ho, Broomfield, 6-1, 6-0; Elaina Villanueva/Rachel Haas, St. Mary’s, def. Carysa McCown/Taylor Gaide, Pueblo West, 6-4, 6-4.

No. 3 doubles — Lily Rogers-Masamori/Diandrea Beckman, Kent Denver, def. Kaitlyn Skinner, Annika Jarvinen, Niwot, 7-5, 6-4; Caroline Fitzhugh/Tory Louis, Cheyenne Mountain, def. Amanda Seamann/Sarah Dinegar, D’Evelyn, 6-3, 6-0.

No. 4 doubles — Megan Dibble/Elizabeth Stagnaro, Cheyenne Mountain, def. Alicia DiScipio/Janie Sieben, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(3); Sage Lochhad/Claudia Morse, Colorado Academy, def. Kate Herrington/Tempel Haifleigh, Kent Denver, 6-2, 6-0.

Consolation quarterfinals

No. 1 singles — Erin Mulshine, Niwot, def. Kortny Locky, Eaton, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1; Glenna Gee-Taylor, Centaurus, def. Jenna Milliman, Air Academy, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 2 singles — Belen Vidal, Thompson Valley, def. Sarah Harrelsen, Durango, 6-1, 6-3; Emma Igoe, Pueblo Centennial, def. Meghan Beer, Valor Christian, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

No. 3 singles — Shivaun Wood, Broomfield, def. Maeve Donovan, Holy Family, 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-4; Kathryn Armstrong, Valor Christian, def. Kira Lorenzen, Steamboat Springs, 6-3, 6-1.

No. 1 doubles — Kelsey Zafian/Maddie Pryor, Mullen, def. Maddie Precht/Kelle Kloster, 6-2, 6-4; Annie Hertel/Kaylee Pott, Valor Christian, def. Katie Spencer/Shealine Jekins, Speamboat Springs, 6-2, 6-3.

No. 2 doubles — Brooke Metzler/Maddie Labor, Steamboat Springs, def. Morgan Christensen/Ashley Wright, Longmont, 6-4, 6-1; Abby Lydens/Kara Robbins, D’Evelyn, def. Karen Orton/Maggie Juran, 6-0, 6-4.

No. 3 doubles — Lauren Howe-Kerr/Ana Rios, Pueblo West, def. Lauren Depizzo/Meghan Jennings, Mullen, 6-4, 6-3; Karen Sigg/Abigail Sanford, Eaton, def. Anne Zou/Brooklyn Stern, Air Academy, 6-0, 6-4.

No. 4 doubles — Kara Foley/Mikayla McDuff, Valor Christian, def. Izzy Lydens/Katherine Jacobs, D’Evelyn, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(5); Hanna Andrus/Jordan Hare, Air Academy, def. Serena McCown/Amber Brusak, Pueblo West, 6-4, 6-4.

Consolations semifinals

No. 1 singles — Alex Weil, St. Mary’s, def. Erin Mulshine, Niwot, 6-3, 6-0; Glenna Gee-Taylor, Centaurus, def. Delaney Nalen, Kent Denver, 6-3, 6-2.

No. 2 singles — Annie Horn, D’Evelyn, def. Belen Vidal, Thompson Valley, 6-1, 6-0; Ashley Burnett, Air Academy, def. Emma Igoe, Pueblo Centennial, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3).

No. 3 singles — Allie Bravo, Pueblo West, def. Shivaun Wood, Broomfield, 7-6(2), 6-0; Lexi Reed, D’Evelyn, def. Kathryn Armstrong, Valor Christian, 6-0, 6-1.

No. 1 doubles — Claire Chrisman/Nicole Schlatter, St. Mary’s, def. Kelsey Zafian/Maddie Pryor, Mullen, 6-4, 6-3; Annie Hertel/Kaylee Pott, Valor Christian, def. Amy Haberthier/Rachel Reeser, Peak to Peak, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

No. 2 doubles — Lindsey Ross/Cassandra Ho, Broomfield, def. Brooke Metzler/Maddie Labor, Steamboart Springs, 7-5, 6-4; Abby Lydens/Kara Robbins, D’Evelyn, def. Carysa McCown/Taylor Gaide, Pueblo West, 6-1, 6-2.

No. 3 doubles — Kaitlyn Skinner/Annika Jarvinen, Niwot, def. Lauren Howe-Kerr/Ana Rios, Pueblo West, 6-2, 6-4; Amanda Seamann/Sarah Dinegar, D’Evelyn, def. Karen Sigg/Abigail Sanford, Eaton, 6-4, 6-3.

No. 4 doubles — Alicia DiScipio/Janie Sieben, Niwot, def. Kara Foley/Mikayla McDuff, Valor Christian, 6-1, 6-1; Kate Herrington/Tempel Haifleigh, Kent Denver, def. Hanna Andrus/Jordan Hare, Air Academy, 6-2, 6-2.

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