Girls Tennis: Regis Jesuit’s Chirico, doubles team of Christopher & Quinn earn way to 5A state tourney

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GRAND JUNCTION | The Regis Jesuit girls tennis team made another long trek to Grand Junction for regionals and three players returned with state berths.

Junior No. 1 singles player Haley Chirico and the No. 2 doubles team of junior Lexi Christopher and sophomore Clare Quinn each won playback matches Friday at Colorado Mesa University to earn a place in the May 8-10 Class 5A state tournament at Gates Tennis Center.

Coach Kollman Gearheart’s Raiders finished with a total of four regional placers and captured 24 points, good enough for sixth in the eight-team field. Cherokee Trail also competed in the tournament, but finished without a team score.

Regis Jesuit's Haley Chirico
Regis Jesuit No. 1 singles player Haley Chirico qualified for the Class 5A girls state tennis tournament by winning a playback at 5A Region 6. (File photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Chirico — who finished third in 4A as a freshman and took the same place last season in Regis Jesuit’s debut in 5A — lost to eventual regional champion Kristen Kirby of Mountain Range in Thursday’s semifinals, but rebounded to shut out Fruita Monument’s Bronte Hayward in the third-place match.

Since she hadn’t faced Grand Junction’s Carolena Campos — who lost in straight sets to Kirby in the final — Chirico moved into a winner-take-all playback against Campos, who she outlasted 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to earn her third state berth.

Christopher and Quinn also lost in a very tight semifinal — as Littleton’s Madeline Hicks and Rachel Pearson edged them 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 — but managed to rally from a set deficit for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Fort Collins’ Emily Hay-Arthur and Erin Morrison in the third-place match.

That win pitted them against Grand Junction’s Mariah Prinster and Jessie Smith, who lost a three-set championship match, and the Raiders rolled 6-1, 6-2.

The No. 3 doubles team of junior Catherine Nemechek and freshman Catherine Stevenson and the No. 4 doubles pairing of junior Emily Wellens and sophomore Mackenzy Pedrie both won their third-place matches, but did not get a playback for state.

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

2014 CLASS 5A REGION 6 GIRLS TENNIS TOURNAMENT

May 1-2 at Colorado Mesa University

Team scores: 1. Mountain Range 53 points; 2. Littleton 42; 3. Grand Junction 35; 4. Fruita Monument 28; 5. Central (G.J.) 26; 6. REGIS JESUIT 24; 7. Fort Collins 15; 8. CHEROKEE TRAIL no score

Championship matches

No. 1 singles: Kristen Kirby (Mountain Range) def. Carolena Campos (Grand Junction), 6-3, 6-2; No. 2 singles: Ashley Zaeske (Mountain Range) def. Morgan Mantlo (Grand Junction), 6-3, 6-2; No. 3 singles: Hannah Keeling (Central (G.J.)) def. Jennifer Phan (Mountain Range), 6-4, 7-5; No. 1 doubles: Lauren Bredar/Lauren Seghal (Littleton) def. Rachel Carruthers/Renee Phillips (Mountain Range); No. 2 doubles: Madeline Hicks/Margo Kilroy (Littleton) def. Mariah Prinster/Jessi Smith (Grand Junction), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1; No. 3 doubles: Katie Vidmar/Tayvia Voytilla (Fruita Monument) def. Mariya Bolkova/Tiffanie Kuwazaki-Kahmuench (Mountain Range), 6-4, 7-6 (10-8); No. 4 doubles: Amy Espinoza/Alyssa Bohrer (Fruita Monuemtn) def. McKaylee Thurgood/Mandy Laman (Fort Collins), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3

Third-place matches

No. 1 singles: HALEY CHIRICO (REGIS JESUIT) def. Bronte Hayward (Fruita Monument), 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 singles: Sara Leovic (Littleton) def. Abby Bridgett (Central (G.J.)), 6-4, 6-2; No. 3 singles: Anna Sonju (Littleton) def. Taylor Campos (Fort Collins), 6-1, 3-6, 6-2; No. 1 doubles: Jordan Early/MaKenna Brooks (Grand Junction) def. Elle Driscoll/Leandra Medrano (Central (G.J.)), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; No. 2 doubles: LEXI CHRISTOPHER/ CLARE QUINN (REGIS JESUIT) def. Emily Hay-Arthur/Erin Morrison (Fort Collins), 1-6, 6-4, 6-1; No. 3 doubles: CATHERINE STEVENSON/CATHERINE NEMECHEK (REGIS JESUIT) def. Emily Cassio/Jennifer Trigg (Littleton), 6-2, 6-1; No. 4 doubles: MACKENZY PEDRIE/EMILY WELLENS (REGIS JESUIT) def. Abby Birch/Allison Faith (Mountain Range), 0-6, 6-4, 6-4

Playbacks for state

No. 1 singles: HALEY CHIRICO (REGIS JESUIT) def. Carolena Campos (Grand Junction), 6-2, 4-6, 6-2; No. 2 singles: Sara Leovic (Littleton) def. Morgan Mantlo (Grand Junction), 6-4, 6-4; No. 2 doubles: LEXI CHRISTOPHER/CLARE QUINN (REGIS JESUIT) def. Mariah Prinster/Jessie Smith (Grand Junction), 6-1, 6-2

— Results courtesy of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel