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Girls tennis: Legacy, Holy Family dominate regionals this week

Lightning, Tigers send all lines to respective state tournaments

While traditional girls tennis stalwarts Fairview and Niwot cruised through regional tournaments in which they hosted this past Wednesday, area teams throughout the state also got their chance to secure spots at the upcoming state tournaments through regional play spread throughout the week.

Leading the way were Legacy and Holy Family, both of which secured state bids from all seven positions on their respective ladders with exceptional performances. Boulder, Mead, Broomfield, and Prospect Ridge also had a handful of qualifiers for the condensed state tournaments, which will be held in Denver (Class 5A), Pueblo (4A) and Colorado Springs (3A) starting Friday.

Here is a rundown of state qualifying results:

Class 5A Region 3

The Legacy Lightning went 6-0 in duals and excelled most of the year, but the squad appears to be peaking at the right time after five positions earned regional titles and another two — both being doubles teams — finished in runner-up spots. Elieen Tran (No. 1 singles), Lily Kasic (2-singles) and Fabi Alvarez (3-singles) swept titles at City Park in Denver, and No. 1 doubles partners Gracie Stapleton and Megan Mari and 3-doubles companions Kate Tsai and Ava Klein finished at the top of the podium as well. Rounding out the state-bound team are Emma Nguyen and Aisha Prasad (2-doubles) and Kody Vu and Emily Smith (4-doubles)

Class 3A Region 2

Holy Family will be well represented as all 11 varsity teammates will go to state after winning their regional rather handily. In fact, all 11 girls can claim regional championships, which should help their seeding when it comes to the much tougher 3A state field. There was no slowing down Lindsey Bartoletta, Emily Lindhoerfer and Laura Baker in singles competition; The eight doubles players (Megan Smolky/Kelly Whitehill at No. 1, Sadie Bren/Sarah Stonehocker at 2, Audrey Brower/Clara Meisner at 3, Ava Silverstein/Avery Alderman at 4) were all successful on their home courts and will look to carry the momentum gained to the Springs.

Also in the region, Prospect Ridge earned another state qualification in the sport as Parker Rodriguez made her way into the No. 3 singles championship match before falling to Baker.

Class 5A Region 1

Lily Chitamber is familiar with the state tournament, and once again the Panthers junior is aiming for big things after finishing runner-up at No. 1 singles at the ubercompetitive Cherry Creek regional.  While Bruins shocked absolutely no one in winning all seven regional championship finals matches, Chitamber was joined by No. 3 singles Lucie Paul and No. 2 doubles players Mara Nguyen and Mahima Gurung in successfully attaining state tickets with second-place efforts.

Class 5A Region 8

As one of the last teams to play, Broomfield on Friday made the most of a trip to the Western Slope and secured a pair of state berths. The Nos. 1 and 3 doubles teams finished in second place to Heritage opponents, giving the Eagles something to cheer for this week in Denver.*

Class 4A Region 4

The Mead Mavericks clearly were in a tough regional after a dominant season, finding only two double pairs in championship finals at North Lake Park in Loveland. The Mead pairs of Lily Drouhard and Jaylyn Westenbroek (No. 1) and Sophie Drouhard and Maggie Oster (No. 4) will, however, get their shot at making a run in Pueblo.