The Delta girls tennis team will send a doubles team to this week's 3A State tennis tournament, which opens Thursday at Centennial Park in Greeley.
The four doubles team of Shoshana Vigil and Kendyll Siettmann qualified for state on a challenge match. Vigil and Siettmann won their opening match against Vail Mountain, 6-1, 6-2, and defeated Paonia in semifinals, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2). Vigil and Siettmann lost to No. 1 seed Steamboat Springs, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
"The last time Delta High School sent players to state was in 2008," said Delta head tennis coach Mike Chastain. Prior to that, Chastain's daughter Annie Chastain, qualified for state at one singles in 2005 and 2006.
In first-round consolation, Cedaredge lost to Aspen, 6-0, 6-3, and Aspen defeated Paonia, 6-4, 6-0 to place second, giving Delta a challenge match against Aspen. They won, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. Vigil and Siettmann will take a 13-3 record into the state tournament. When seedings and pairings are released later this week, Chastain thought their record could give them a top-four seed.
Delta placed in three events and finished fourth overall with 19 points.
The three doubles team of Peyton Schuster and Luch Streich opened with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) win over Glenwood Springs. They moved to the consolation side of the bracket on a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Aspen and advanced to finish on a 6-4, 6-2 win over Cedaredge. In the third place match they won the first set against Vail Mountain, 4-6, placing fourth on 6-4, 6-4 losses.
The one doubles team of Pascalina Early and Olivia Santonastaso placed fourth. After a quarterfinal, 6-0, 6-2 loss to No. 2 seed Steamboat Springs, Early and Santonastaso defeated Vail Mountain in consolation semifinals, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, before falling to Aspen in the third place match, 6-0, 0-6, 6-2.
At two singles, Delta senior Kaleigh Nethington was seeded sixth and placed fourth. After a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Aspen, Nethington defeated fourth seeded Clarity Call of Cedaredge in consolation semifinals, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. In the fourth place match, Delta lost to Steamboat, 6-3, 6-1.
At 3D, Sophia Cox and Alejandra Gomez defeated Basalt, 6-0, 6-0, before falling to top-seeded Steamboat Springs, 6-1, 6-2. Delta's Peyton Schuster and Lucy Streich won their quarterfinal match against Glenwood Springs before falling to Aspen, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5.
The two doubles team of Carson Collins and Shay Glaser placed fourth in the region. In quarterfinals they defeated Megan Branson and Julia Jackson of Cedaredge, 6-1, 6-0, then dropped to consolation on a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Aspen, which defeated Steamboat to win the championship. in the third place match, Collins and Glaser lost to Vail Mountain, 6-1, 6-2. The two first-year juniors from Hotchkiss, who started the year at 4D, end the season with a 6-4 record.
Senior Samantha Ribbens, Cedaredge's three singles player, was the highest placer for the Bruins. Ribbens opened with a quarterfinal 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Delta's Makyla Miramontes. After a 6-1, 6-1 loss to top-seeded Steamboat, Ribbens defeated Ashley Ziemer of Paonia, 6-1, 6-0. In consolation semis she lost, 6-3, 6-3, to Vail Mountain.
At three singles, Cedaredge's Sabrina Gilmore placed fourth. Gilmore defeated Delta's Elena Gilliam in quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-2, then eliminated Glenwood Springs, 6-4, 6-3 before falling to Steamboat, 4-6, 7-6 (11-9), 6-4.
Steamboat Springs scored 71 points to win the team title, with Aspen placing second with 66 points.
Delta hosted the tournament. Rain caused three delays on opening day, and on Friday, several three-set matches made for a very long second day, with the final match wrapping up at 9:30 p.m. Because it was so late, Siettmann and Vigil's challenge match was delayed after two sets and was completed at the tennis courts at Colorado Mesa University. "They simply would not give up, even after playing more tennis than any other team at regional," said Chastain. "They both should be proud of their hard work and constantly improved play."