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Last week's Delta County tennis tournament was played in Grand Junction at Canyon View Park. Delta's venue is simply too small to accommodate a large tournament such as last weekend's tournament.

Ten teams participated in the two-day event, with Central's Warriors swatting their way to first place with 72 points. Montrose was second with 69 points, Durango third with 45 points, Paonia fourth with 41 points and Delta scored 34 points to place fifth.

The remainder of the field, and their places, included Vail Mountain (22), Cedaredge (21), Steamboat Springs (7), Glenwood Springs (6) and Delta's junior varsity team (2).

Central placed first in 3S, 1D, 2D and 4D. The Warriors were second in 2S and fifth in 1S.

Paonia's fourth-place finish was helped along with Jesse Holt's victory in 1S play. She began the tournament with a 6-0, 7-6 (8-6) win over Cedaredge's Ali Pfenneberger in the opening round. Holt then defeated Central, Montrose and won the title with scores of 6-3 and 6-4 over Durango.

The Eagles were shut out of second-place finishes but picked up a third in 4D. Sierra Griffith and Ashley Ziemer were just beginning to cruise, after wins over Montrose and Steamboat Springs (JV), when they ran into a Central squad that dealt them a 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), 10-5 loss. The loss dropped them into the third-place match against Vail Mountain. Griffith and Ziemer won the match, 6-4, 6-4.

Paonia scored fourth-place points when Mc-Kenna Erickson lost to Cedaredge's Elizabeth Ponce in the third-place match.

The Eagles had two fifth-place finishes at 3S and 2D. Kelsey Stroud defeated her Vail Mountain opponent in 3S and Emily Wilczek and Haley Park dispatched their Durango foes in 2D play.

Bailee Campbell and Macy O'Rourke placed sixth after falling to Cedaredge's Clarity Call and Emily Volgamore at 3D.

Delta's Panthers fared well with second-place finishes in 2D and 3D competitions. Meysa Mulford and Makyla Miramontes got past Durango and Steamboat Springs to reach the finals in 2D play, losing to Central, 6-2, 6-1.

In 3D action, Marina Contreras and Vianka Valdez defeated a tough Cedaredge team in the opening round and knocked off Paonia in the second round to reach the 3D finals. Montrose was too much for the Panthers' duo which lost 6-4, 6-4.

Delta picked up points for its fourth-place finish in 1D, a fifth place in 4D and sixth-place finishes in both the 1S and 2S competitions.

At 1D, Lizzy Ward and Cassidy Parker were not able to hold off Montrose in a 6-2, 6-2 loss for third place.

The Panthers' 4D team of Lupita Portillo and Shyanne Steele defeated Montrose, 6-3, 6-4, to finish fifth.

Uyen Nguyen battled back after a second-round loss to Glenwood Springs and made her way to the fifth-place match against Central. Unfortunately, Nguyen lost the match, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.

Delta's Tylor Redden suffered the same fate as Nguyen and made it to the fifth-place match in the same manner where she lost a 6-3, 6-1 decision to Durango.

Cedaredge began its scoring with a second place finish at 4D. Rikki Klausen and Olivia McCrackin made a run at a Central duo which had too much for them in a 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 loss in the title match.

The Bruins followed their second-place finish with a third place win in 2S competition. Elizabeth Ponce fell to Glenwood Springs in the third round and landed in the third-place match against Paonia's Erickson. Ponce earned the win with scores of 6-2, 7-6 (7-1).

Cedaredge's Call and Volgamore slipped past Paonia's Campbell and O'Rourke at 6-4, 6-4, to place fifth at 3D.

The Bruins' Samantha Ribbens and Addison Schwarz lost their bid for fifth place with Vail Mountain scoring a 6-0, 6-4 decision.

Paonia and Cedaredge met in Delta, March 29, for a light load of tennis competition heading into spring break, April 4-8.

Cedaredge and Delta are at Canyon View Park April 6 for matches against Vail at 10 and 1.

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