Bruins reclaim state tennis title

Cherry Creek earns 34th girls championship

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Cherry Creek again took home the Class 5A state girls tennis title as the Bruins reclaimed the trophy on May 13, the final day of the three-day tournament played at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver.

The Bruins had won 19 consecutive championships until the streak was broken last year when Fairview was the team title winner. Creek coach Chris Jacobs said the victory means the Bruins will start working at once to start another streak of winning titles.

“This is a wonderful group of girls who work very hard every time on the court. They are awesome,” Jacobs said. “We have four seniors we are going to miss but who will be going on to play tennis in college. Most of our girls play tennis all year. Our program is very consistent and we have great participation."

This year's team title champion remained uncrowned going into the matches on May 13 to decide individual champions and third-place winners. Cherry Creek led in team scoring with 51 points, Mountain Vista was in second place with 45 points and Ponderosa was third with 39 points. But the Bruins scored the needed points in their May 13 matches to earn the title.

Cherry Creek athletes took home state championship medals at No. 3 and No. 4 doubles. Wendy Yan and Rachel Schiff won the No. 3 doubles title by defeating McKenna Farley and Caitlin Quirk 6-0, 6-1, and Grace Shepard and Kaki Cantor teamed up to win the No. 4 doubles championship by defeating Kim Collamore and Tara Toepke of Fossil Ridge, 6-1, 6-4.

Bruins Caroline Danos and Lexie Fisher won third place at No. 3 doubles over the Rock Canyon team of Jennifer Gallagher and Grace Chadwick in a three-set match, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, and their win provided the points to assure the title.

Danos said it was a tough match.

“It came down to those last few points and we were able to push through," Danos said.

Fisher agreed.

“This was a different opponent for us because we are used to a faster pace of play,” she said. “We decided we had to play a more aggressive style to make things go our way get the ball back over the net."

Other Bruins who earned medals by finishing in the top four in their divisions included Arul Kumar, who was second in No. 2 singles, Sayuri Garud, who was third in No. 2 singles, and the team of Allison Murphy and Emily Wilkins, who were fourth at No. 1 doubles.

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