DENVER | It turned out to be one day and done for all four of the Aurora doubles teams that made it to the Class 5A girls state tennis tournament.
Three of those doubles teams — the Grandview No. 3 tandem of Olivia Brohl and Ila Farhang and No. 4 duo of Amanda Olsen-Dufour and Taylee Hardin, plus Regis Jesuit’s No. 4 doubles team of Mackenzy Pedrie and Anna Kaminsky — all held out hope Tuesday after teams they lost to on the opening day of play at Gates Tennis Center had reached the semifinals.
Wins by those teams would have brought the Aurora teams back into the consolation bracket where they could have played their way for a shot at third place at their respective positions, but none of them came through. The eliminations meant Aurora has gone two seasons without a state placer at the state tennis tournament.
Pedrie and Kaminsky, who posted the only first round win of the city bunch Monday, saw the Rock Canyon team of Kendall Smith and Alexa Weist lose in the semifinals — in three sets to Ralston Valley’s Riley Knipp and Priya Keller — and then also lose in the consolation bracket to finish out of the top four.
The Fossil Ridge duo of Lydia Supe and Katie Hinz teased Olsen-Dufour and Hardin — who they outlasted in three sets the previous day — by winning the first set of their semifinal against Cherry Creek’s Hannah Peterson and Allison Murphy, but the Bruins won the last two sets to beat the SaberCats and end the Wolves’ playback hopes.
Supe and Hinz did win in the consolation bracket and will play for third place Wednesday.
Brohl and Farhan needed Mountain Vista’s Tara Minatta and Hannah Smith to upset Cherry Creek’s Julia Mannino and Sarah Grace Walker in the semifinals to receive a playback, but the Bruins rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 victory.
The Regis Jesuit No. 2 doubles team of Catherine Nemechek and Clare Quinn had no playback chance as the team they lost to from Denver East lost in the second round on Monday.
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