Girls Tennis: Postponed Class 5A state tournament gets underway Monday at Gates Tennis Center


DENVER | With the sun finally shining, the Class 5A girls state tennis tournament began Monday.


Originally scheduled for Thursday through Saturday of last week, the Colorado High School Activities Association moved to postpone play a day before first serve due to impending weather.

With courts drying at Gates Tennis Center and the forecast more encouraging this week, the three-day tournament finally got underway.

Four Aurora doubles teams will take the court on Monday, with the Regis Jesuit No. 2 doubles duo of Catherine Nemechek and Claire Quinn the first to play. Their teammates at No. 4 doubles, Mackenzy Pedrie and Anna Kaminsky, will be last up.

In between, Grandview’s No. 3 doubles team of Olivia Brohl and Ila Farhang and the all-freshmen No. 4 doubles team of Amanda Olsen-Dufour and Taylee Hardin take the court.

First round winners play quarterfinal matches later Monday, looking to make the semifinals at 9 a.m. Friday. First round losers must wait to see what the teams they lose to go on to do and earn playback chances — with the possibility of placing third — if the team they lose to advance to the championship match.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinle. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel


At Gates Tennis Center

Aurora first round matches, May 11, 9 a.m.

NO. 2 DOUBLES — Upper bracket: CATHERINE NEMECHEK/CLAIRE QUINN (REGIS JESUIT) vs. Katie Mead/Alyssa Schroeder (Denver East)

NO. 3 DOUBLES — Upper bracket: OLIVIA BROHL/ILA FARHANG (GRANDVIEW) vs. Tara Minatta/Hannah Smith (Mountain Vista)

NO. 4 DOUBLES — Upper bracket: AMANDA OLSEN-DUFOUR/TAYLEE HARDIN (GRANDVIEW) vs. Lydia Supe/Katie Hinz (Fossil Ridge); Lower bracket: Emilie Hines/Megan Lavoie (ThunderRidge) vs. MACKENZY PEDRIE/ANNA KAMINSKY (REGIS JESUIT)