Girls' tennis: Cheyenne Mountain dominates, Air Academy takes remaining spots in Region 6 tennis

May 2, 2014 Updated: May 2, 2014 at 10:36 pm
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Air Academy sophomores Lauren Petty, left, and Bryce Schwartz talk about winning their playback matches Friday at the Region 6 tennis tournament at Cheyenne Mountain.

Cheyenne Mountain quickly rolled the first seven Friday at the 4A Region 6 girls' tennis tournament.

Air Academy then had to work a little overtime to fill out the other seven state-qualifying berths at the Cheyenne Mountain courts.

Together, the two schools gobbled up all 14 regional slots and left the other eight city schools in the regional high and dry.

"I'm sure it's happened before," said longtime Cheyenne Mountain tennis coach Dave Adams, "but I can't remember the last time it was all from two schools. But I tip my hat to Air Academy. They made some adjustments from the last time, and they gave us some good matches."

By the time each bracket reached its finals, it resulted in a Cheyenne Mountain-Air Academy matchup. While the Indians prevailed in each, Lauren Petty and Bryce Schwartz rebounded in state playback matches at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively, for the Kadets.

Following the finals, each runner-up had to wait and see who won the third-place match. If those players had not previously met earlier in the tournament, a playback match was held to determine the final state qualifier.

For Petty and Schwartz, their mental fortitude paid off.

"It takes a lot of effort, and you have to stay focused the whole time," Petty said. "Even when you're waiting around, you have to put your mind toward winning and making it to state. Once it got time to play, I just knew that I could win if I stayed focused and did everything I knew how to do."

Petty downed Alyx Callahan of The Vanguard School, 6-3, 6-3, ending the match on a four-game winning streak.

Meanwhile, Schwartz, after a long layoff, still handled Coronado's Shauni Bernier, 6-1, 6-2.

"You have to keep that mindset that you might have to play again," said Schwartz who, like Petty, is a sophomore. "It would be nicer if you didn't have to play again, but you have to be ready. I needed to buckle down and focus and put in the effort to finish the match."

Last year, Cheyenne Mountain won all seven finals, and Air Academy qualified in all but one spot.

Last year, Petty, injured with shin splints while playing at No. 3 singles, was the only Kadet left behind.

"I probably wanted this for her more than she did, for all she went through last year," Kadets coach Molly Reagan said. "I'm not sure if this is a first for our school, but in my four years as coach here, it's the first time we've gotten all 11 to state."

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