COLORADO SPRINGS — On the strength of a state championship from the No. 4 doubles team of Kylie Horning and Alesandra Wise, the Holy Family girls tennis team placed in a tie for third as a team at the Class 3A state championships in Colorado Springs after Saturday’s final day of action.
The Tigers scored 37 points to knot Colorado Academy’s output, while D’Evelyn won the team championship with 89 points followed by St. Mary’s in second place.
Horning and Wise paired together for a 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) win over D’Evelyn’s Mariah Dean and Kate Davis to become just the third Tigers team to win a state title, according to HFathletics.com’s Jon Yunt. Also, they were the first to net gold since Ciara Donovan and Lexi Licata won the No. 1 doubles championship in 2018.
“That was a team that we weren’t even sure was going to make Varsity 1 when we started, but they just kept learning and fighting and getting better as team,” head coach John Alderman told Yunt on the school’s athletic site. “I just can’t say enough about what they did today.
“Both girls just fought hard and they embraced our system and the plan. The deserve all the credit.”
The Tigers also had another doubles team in the championship match, as Clara Meisner and Sarah Stonehocker cruised to Saturday’s finals with three straight-sets wins. However, D’Evelyn’s Anna Day and Maria Christoffersen were right on this day, winning 6-3, 6-1.
Holy Family saw points scored in all positions but 3 singles, after scoring 14 points last season and also finishing fourth.
Dawson’s Travis places third
Losing a three-set thriller against eventual state champion Ellie Hartman of St. Mary’s on Friday, Dawson’s Lila Travis didn’t let that derail her state championship experience in 2022. On Saturday, she managed to rebound in the third-place match and beat St. Mary’s Academy’s Ellie White 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 to cap her career on a high note.
In 2021, Travis also made the semifinals but because of the tournament’s single-elimination format she did not get a chance to play further in play-backs.
Peak to Peak’s sixth-place team finish was furnished by three lines and was led by the runner-up performance from 2 doubles combo Maya Natarajan and Peyton Larsen. The pair battled through two three-set victories before matching up against D’Evelyn’s Cheranne Wang and Maisy Schoeman, and that Jaguars duo proved almost flawless in a fourth consecutive two-set victory at the tournament, 6-2, 6-1.