GREELEY — The Peak to Peak Pumas sit in a position to defend their state title in the Class 3A state tennis tournament after first round and quarterfinal matches on Friday.
Playing in six of the seven brackets, the Pumas sent all three singles players and three doubles pairs to Saturday’s semifinal round on the strength of two victories apiece.
“We are extremely confident I think,” Peak to Peak’s Paige McSavaney said “We hold some weight on our shoulders being the reigning state champions, but we want to come in strong.”
Trisha and Trini Somasundaram made quick work of their opponents in No. 1 and 2 singles and Tiffany Tran powered through to win two matches in straight sets in No. 3 singles. McSavaney and Ella Brackage had to win three competitive sets in a row in order to get their two wins and a semifinal spot secured.
“You have to trust yourself and just play your game the way you know how to,” Brackage said. “You really can’t change your game for state. You made it here because you played the way you played all season.”
Paige Burns and Millie Keogh secured their semifinal spot in No. 4 doubles at the University of Northern Colorado with two wins. The No. 2 doubles pair of Kendyl Fanger and Renesa Khanna were the final ones to secure a semifinal spot with a 6-2, 6-1 win in the quarterfinals over St. Mary’s.
The Dawson Mustangs and Holy Family Tigers also qualified for the semifinal matches in a number of brackets on Friday. Dawson saw Aria Barbour win in straight sets in both of her matches in No. 2 singles to advance, as did Lindsey Bartoletta of Holy Family in the same bracket. Dawson won in straight sets twice in No. 1 doubles with Victoria Joris and Eloise Shehan to reach the semifinal round while Sarah Devereux and Julia Garfinkel needed to win a close third set in the quarterfinals over Lutheran to move on in the No. 2 bracket. Advancing in No. 4 doubles for Holy Family were Madison Lujin and Kelly Whitehill with a three-set win over University in the quarterfinals.
Prospect Ridge won three matches in the first round but did not advance to the semifinal round. Frederick also saw its No. 3 doubles team fall in the first round. All will wait to see who will earn a spot in the playback tournament for third place on Saturday.
Semifinal matches will kick off day two of the state tournament Saturday at 8 a.m. at Centennial Park.