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The penultimate week for Colorado girls prep tennis has finally arrived.
From Wednesday through Friday, weather permitting, all of Colorado’s 5A and 4A girls tennis players will compete at their respective regional tournaments for a chance to qualify for the state tournaments on May 7-9.
The top two players in each of the seven divisions from each regional tournament will earn one of 16 berths into their divisional brackets at the state tournament. The state tournaments will be held May 7-9, with 4A at Pueblo City Park and 5A at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver.
Local teams: Fairview at Region 2 (at Fairview H.S., April 29-30, 9 a.m.); Legacy at Region 4 (at Fossil Ridge & Fort Collins H.S.’s, April 28-29, 9 a.m.); Broomfield at Region 5 (At Denver City Park, April 29-30, 8:30 a.m.); Boulder at Region 6 (At Colorado Mesa University, April 30-May 1, 9 a.m.); Monarch at Region 7 (at Lebsack Tennis Center at Redstone, April 29-30, 9 a.m.).
Players to watch: Ana Horvath/Sydnie Ho, Broomfield (No. 2 doubles); Amber Shen, Fairview (No. 1 singles); Josie Mitzel, Legacy (No. 1 singles); Natalie Munson, Fairview (No. 2 singles); Jamie Young, Boulder (No. 3 singles).
Outlook: Fairview (fifth in 5A last year) enters regional play as one of the favorites in 5A and will be looking to qualify its entire lineup for state. Broomfield will make its first regional appearance at the 5A level. Fairview freshman Amber Shen will debut at No. 1 singles in Region 2 and Legacy’s Josie Mitzel will be looking to break through in her first season at No. 1 singles in Region 4.
Local team: Mead.
When: April 30-May 1, 9 a.m.
Players to watch: Sydney Boaz & Kylie Park, Mead (No. 2 doubles)
Outlook: For a first-year program, the Mead Mavericks are happy with the progress they’ve made. Now, they’ll get their first taste of regional play. With its No. 2 doubles pair (team-leading 5-4 record) likely the best shot to play its way through to state, Mead will have to face plenty of tough teams including Eaton and Thompson Valley. “There are a lot of teams in our region that we haven’t played, so it’s hard to predict,” Mead head coach Dan McGlothlin said.
Local teams: Erie, Dawson, Centaurus, Frederick, Holy Family, Longmont, Niwot, Peak to Peak, Silver Creek, Skyline.
When: April 29-30, 8 a.m.
Players to watch: Isha Banerjee, Dawson (No. 2 singles); Anna Beeck/Faith Rankin, Dawson (No. 2 doubles); Savana Dehning/Cynthia Mosness, Longmont (No. 2 doubles); Elsa Erickson, Silver Creek (No. 1 singles); Maddie Farver, Holy Family (No. 1 singles); Anjali Gill, Peak to Peak (No. 3 singles); Tessa Nguyen, Holy Family (No. 2 singles); Julia Pentz, Niwot (No. 1 singles); Taylor Thulson, Niwot (No. 2 singles).
Outlook: This region is jam-packed with state-caliber players who will have to duke it out for the precious few spots available in each division. Perennial powerhouse Niwot, which placed fourth as a team last year, will be looking to qualify its entire ladder for state. Dawson and Holy Family will enter expecting similar hauls, and it’s tough to rule out any local teams. Standley Lake is a threat to play spoiler for local players in all divisions.
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