Aspen High girls tennis gets No. 2 doubles team into 3A state semifinals
The Aspen High School girls tennis team competed Thursday in the first day of the Class 3A state tournament in Greeley, with its No. 2 doubles team advancing through to play again at 9 a.m. Friday.
Junior Grace Ferguson and freshman Karina Keller teamed to go 2-0 in matches Thursday, and will play the D’Evelyn duo of Cammy Lee and Elisa Dean in Friday’s semifinals.
Ferguson and Keller won their opening match 6-3, 6-4 over Pueblo Central’s Brittney Martinez and Tehya Gutierrez, before beating St. Mary’s Academy’s Katherine Crise and Ali Leen, 6-4, 6-4, in the quarterfinals.
Aspen’s No. 3 doubles team of sophomore Bliss Pekkala and freshman Olivia Burkley defeated La Junta’s Camryn Gonzales and Emily Ramirez in the first round, 6-2, 7-6. The AHS duo’s state run ended in the quarterfinals, a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Colorado Academy’s Ann-Claire Lin and Lila Arnold.
Aspen sophomore Mary Williams went 1-1 at No. 1 singles. She cruised by University’s Janna Phansiri, 6-4, 6-1, to win her first career state tournament match. She then lost 6-2, 6-0 to Colorado Academy freshman Sammy Moore-Thomson in the quarterfinals. Williams and the No. 3 doubles team could compete in a playback match Friday.
Steamboat Springs High School freshman Mae Thorp, who Williams defeated in the regional championship last week, went 2-0 Thursday to make the semis at No. 1 singles.
At No. 3 singles, Aspen senior Anna Citron lost in the first round, falling 6-3, 4-6, 3-6 to Fountain Valley’s Delaney DeMott.
With a decision on the host city for the 2030 Winter Olympics, and potentially the 2034 Games, being made in the next year, Park City will have plenty of opportunities to remind the international sports community of its importance.
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