Poudre High School’s top two singles players and the Nos. 1 and 3 doubles teams from Fossil Ridge advanced to the semifinals of the Class 5A girls tennis state championships Thursday by winning two matches apiece.
Semifinal matches begin at 9 a.m. Friday at Gates Tennis Center in Denver.
Poudre’s Ky Ecton outlasted Mountain Range’s Kristen Kirby 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in a quarterfinal match at No. 1 singles to advance to a semifinal match Friday against Cherry Creek’s Gloria Son. Ecton won her opening match 6-2, 6-0 over Pine Creek’s Ally Bellas.
Alessia Fabiano, Poudre’s No. 2 singles player, won two matches in straight sets to move into the semifinals, where she’ll face Fairview’s Natalie Munson. Fabiano beat Arapahoe’s Natalie Borchelt 6-1, 6-1 in the first round and Legend’s Haley Hildenbrand 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
Fossil Ridge’s Emma Houghton and Erica Wiley needed three sets to get past Grand Junction’s Payto Staats and Jessi Smith 6-0, 4-6, 6-0 in the first round at No. 1 doubles, then beat Grand Junction Central’s Kat Geisler and Rachel Driscoll 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Houghton and Wiley will meet Arapahoe’s Natalie Sloboth and Elizabeth Palmer in the semifinals.
Fossil Ridge’s No. 3 doubles team of Erinn Hogan and Lindsey Noble won their first two matches in straight sets to earn a semifinal matchup with Chatfield’s Rachael Reed and Lauren Cherrey. Hogan and Noble won their first-round match 6-3, 6-1 over Regis Jesuit’s Francesca Billibi and Mackenzy Pedrie then beat ThunderRidge’s Sophie Guzak and Ellie Behnke 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
Poudre’s other singles player, Koy Ecton, bowed out of her quarterfinal match at the No. 3 position while trailing Lauren Thomas of Heritage 6-2, 1-0. Koy Ecton won her first-round match 6-2, 6-2 over Legend’s Rachel Wegener.
All three of Fossil Ridge’s singles players – Shawnea Padget, Tara Teslow and Bailey Koronich –- won first-round matches and lost in the quarterfinals. Depending on the outcome of the semifinal matches, they might get a chance through playbacks to finish as high as third. Koy Ecton also could have an opportunity to continue in playbacks, as could Poudre’s No. 4 doubles team of Emma Kirby and Rebecca Kirby.
Padget beat Highlands Ranch’s Natalie Hagen 6-2, 6-2 in the first round before losing 6-0, 6-1 to Mountain Vista’s Casey Zhong. Teslow opened with a 6-3, 6-5 win over Highlands Ranch’s Paula Palido before losing 6-0, 6-1 to Mountain Vista’s Kendra Lavallee. Koronich was a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Rock Canyon’s Maddie Bove in the first round, then lost to 6-1, 6-1 to Cherry Creek’s Sayuri Garud.
Poudre’s Kirby sisters lost 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals to Cherry Creek’s Wendy Yan and Grace Shepard after downing Coronado’s Sydney Coen and Logan Baumberger 6-1, 6-1 in the first round.
Delsie Johnson, Fort Collins’ No. 2 singles player, lost her first-round match as did Poudre’s No. 1 doubles team of Anna Hoffman and Abbot Hoeven; Fossil Ridge’s No. 2 doubles team of Haley Crews and Lydia Supe’; Poudre’s No. 3 doubles team of Olivia Thero and Asmita Jha; and Fossil Ridge’s No. 4 doubles team of Kim Collamore and Cambri Van Tassell.
Fossil Ridge was in fourth place with nine points and Poudre fifth with eight after the opening day of competition. Fairview was in first place with 19 points, just one point ahead of Cherry Creek.
Both of the Windsor doubles teams that qualified for the Class 4A state tournament lost their first-round matches Thursday at Pueblo’s City Park. The No. 1 team of Maria D’Rosario and Taylor Pankewicz lost 7-6, 6-4 to Palmer Ridge’s Lara McWhorter and Emma Kerr, while the No. 3 team of Julia Valdivia and Janeth Terrazas lost 6-4, 6-1 to Mullen’s Maia Morrissey and Mikayla Phelps.
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