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Strong week for Cheyenne Mountain girls’ tennis

Published: April 12, 2014, 11:21 am, by Scott Kaniewski

The defending Class 4A girls’ tennis state champions showed they are ready for a run at another title.

Despite losing several members and putting together a team with limited high school team experience, Cheyenne Mountain showed just how deep it is with an impressive week of competition.

The Indians routed three talented teams who usually have title contenders. Cheyenne Mountain cruised past Colorado Academy 7-0 Tuesday, pounded Denver East 7-0 Thursday and breezed past defending 5A state champion Cherry Creek 6-1 on Friday.

“It was a great week for Cheyenne Mountain tennis, that’s for sure,” Indians coach Dave Adams said Friday.

Adams was quick to point out, that while the team scores proved lopsided, the individual matches were competitive and often could have gone either way. But they didn’t go any way but Cheyenne Mountain’s.

Defending No. 1 singles state champion Kalyssa Hall gave up just six games in two matches and won Friday’s match by default. 

Adams also changed a few things in doubles pairings, splitting up sisters Claire and Megan Dibble, pairing freshman Claire with Tory Louis (a state champ from last season) at No. 2 doubles and adding Megan to Chelsey Geisz at No. 3 doubles.

The moves worked. Both pairings won in straight sets against Colorado Academy, straight sets vs. East and straight sets vs. Creek.

“We just switched some doubles teams around this week,” Adams said. “… That’s been good.”

 At the outset of the season, Adams expressed concern with the youth on the team. The Indians don’t have a senior on the team and only have three juniors. That youth isn’t looking to be a problem. More like a benefit with all but one due back the next couple of seasons.

That youth will get to again prove its worth at the Cherry Creek tournament next weekend and at home in the Indians own tourney the week after that.

For now, Adams deservedly soaked up the victorious week.

“For us to have three very pretty, doggone-strong performances, that’s got to give us some confidence,” he said. “Anytime you knock off Cherry Creek … it’s always kind of cool to win a marquee matchup like that.”