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Girls' tennis capsules

By Kevin Carmody Updated: March 4, 2014 at 8:19 pm

5A

Doherty

Coach: Cheri Rogers

Key players: Kylie Simons, jr.; Emma Chesire, sr.; Nicole Allen, sr.

Season outlook: The beat goes on at Doherty, which won its third straight Metro League title in 2013 despite the loss of 15 seniors the past two years. Simons headlines a list of only four returning letter-winners. She takes over the No. 1 spot from her sister, Reagan, who occupied the top position the past three seasons.

 

Liberty

Coach: Ernest Zamora

Key players: Kristin Jensen, sr.; Jessica Goldstein, jr.; Caroline MacDonald, sr.; Nichole Pastier, jr.

Season outlook: Jensen anchors a strong returning cast after going 9-2 at No. 1 singles last season and finishing third at the regional tournament. Jensen, along with MacDonald, are four-year varsity players.

 

Rampart

Coach: Kristine Barrett

Key players: Kayleigh Schmidt, sr.; Alex Cortez, jr.

Season outlook: The Rams return only three letter-winners from last season, so the depth isn't there, yet. Barrett hopes for big things from freshman Delaney Wilklow.

 

4A

Air Academy

Coach: Molly Reagan

Key players: Ashley Burnett, jr.; Lauren Petty, so.;

Season outlook: Burnett placed fourth at No. 2 singles at the 4A state meet last May, the best showing for a Kadet since 2007. Petty played No. 3 singles, but was unable to compete at the regional tournament due to injuries. Returning doubles state qualifiers Cheyenne Pugin and Anne Zou give the Kadets added depth.

 

Cheyenne Mountain

Coach: Dave Adams

Key players: Kalyssa Hall, so.; Danielle Adamczyk, so.; Jessica Metz, so.; Tory Louis, jr.; Megan Dibble, jr.; Elizabeth Stagnaro, so.

Season outlook: Hall dominated at No. 1 singles, losing just once all season in rolling to the state title. Metz and Louis won state crowns at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, but their partners graduated, so Adams will be tasked with refueling the Indians machine that has cranked out five straight 4A team titles and 18 overall.

 

Colorado Springs Christian School

Coach: Randy Stephens

Key players: Tori VanDeVeer, sr.; Danielle Morin, so.

Season outlook: Stephens expects a strong team, highlighted by a foursome of what he calls "nontraditional" students in a pair of home-schoolers, one on foreign exchange and another coming from a school that doesn't offer girls' tennis.

 

Colorado Springs School

Coach: Rick Risk

Key players: YouYou Huang, jr.; Sarah Nelson, jr.

Season outlook: The young Kodiaks will rely on last year's No. 2 singles player (Huang) and a No. 1 doubles player (Nelson) to lead them this season.

 

Discovery Canyon

Coach: Brian Thirkell

Key players: Gabriella Hesse, so.; Sarah Casey, so.; Erin Mathesen, sr.; Katelyn Morgan, sr.; Abby Driessen, jr.

Season outlook: After some growing pains, the Thunder finally have experience on their side with a wealth of experience in both singles and doubles. Hesse went just 3-4 in singles matches but finished second at the regional tournament and became the school's first state qualifier. She'll move up to No. 2 singles this year behind fellow sophomore Sarah Casey, who was slowed by injuries a season ago.

 

Fountain Valley 

Coach: Randy Jones

Key players: Ik Feangreung, sr.; Casey Lane, sr.; Caroline Verbica, jr.; JiWoon Park, sr.; Sashini Weerasundara, jr.

Season outlook: The Danes lost four key players off last season's team, but still have seven returning. Feangreung reached the 4A tournament at No. 1 singles in 2013, as did Lane at No. 2 singles and Weerasundara at No. 3 doubles.

 

Lewis-Palmer

Coach: Paul Kardel

Key players: Courtney Brandes, sr.; Lauren Manney, jr.; Jordan Arnold, jr.; Naimh Crister, sr.; Sophe Barne, sr.; Anna Olson, sr.; Hannah Mills, sr.; Amy Still, sr.; Mikaela Harvey, sr.; Laura Nolt, jr.

Season outlook: The Rangers aren't hurting in the experience department this season, sporting seven seniors among 10 returning letter-winners. Brandes, playing No. 1 singles last season, won a team-best four matches.

 

The Vanguard School

Coach: Kim Davis

Key players: Becca Hurlbert, so.; Alyx Callahan, jr.; Ashlyn Williams, sr.

Season outlook: Davis inherits a team with only one senior but already sees a strong work ethic that could take the team far.

 

Widefield

Coach: Joe Griebel

Key players: Elena Briseno, sr.; Saraya Newman, sr.; Paje Shipwash, sr.; Caroline Salas, sr.

Season outlook: The Gladiators have a senior-leaden squad that will be counted on to provide a foundation for a strong infusion of talent from several sophomores.

 

5A schools not reporting: Fountain-Fort Carson, Palmer, Pine Creek.

4A schools not reporting: Canon City, Coronado, Falcon, Mesa Ridge, Mitchell, Palmer Ridge, Sand Creek, St. Mary's, Vista Ridge.

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