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Day one of 4A state tennis

Day 1 of state tennis

The start of the day was delayed about an hour thanks to Wednesday night's storms but there was no cooling off Sara Schoenback, last year's runner up in number one singles. Despite a challenging draw, the Pueblo West senior won her first round match in the third set, "It's always nice playing here because it's kinda like playing at home. It's going to be a long weekend with a lot of tough matches because everyone playing here is really good," says Schoenbeck.

In number two singles, Cheyenne Mountain's Cory Patton Lossner beat Discovery Canyon's Sydney Smith in the first round, highlighting a very strong start for the lady Indians on their quest for a ninth straight team title,
"So it's been really fun, at Cheyenne Mountain we just love each other and we love cheering each other on. So it's been really fun setting the tone," says Patton-Lossner.

Number one doubles featured a few of southern Colorado's finest duo's, Madi Luce and Paitun Riggle of Palmer Ridge, they earned a quarterfinal berth, along with Discovery Canyon's Hunter Jones and Lizzie McCurdy. The law firm of Ahrendsen and Arenson faced tough competition in the first round but they marched on to continue their hunt for a fourth championship as a duet, "I think today's first match was definitely the most competitive we've ever had," says Ahrendsen, "Our coach always tells us to take it match by match and not get ahead of ourselves and look at what the draw might end up being and who we play tomorrow, so I'm going to take my coaches advice and do that!," says Arenson.

The journey for all of these girls continue on Friday in the semi-finals.


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