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Vail Mountain runs into tough competition at state

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado

PUEBLO, Colorado ” What was once a winning shot, may not be anything more than a volley at the state tennis tournament.

The Vail Mountain tennis team played some hard-fought matches Thursday at the first day of state, but couldn’t quite crack the opposition.

“Once you get to state, everybody has qualified for a reason,” said Vail Mountain coach Derek Fisher.

Shannen McNamara, the No. 1 singles player for the Gore Rangers, took Broomfield’s Maddie Kern the distance, but fell in the tiebreaker to go down, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

“It was a great match ” it was almost like the finals,” Fisher said.

Kern went on to lose to Kent Denver’s Sammie Watson, which eliminated McNamara from the playback bracket.

At the No. 2 singles for the Gore Rangers, Stephanie Miletich drew a familiar opponent in Fossil Ridge’s Michelle Wadas.

“I went to Fossil Ridge as a freshman and played with her when I was there,” said the senior Miletich.

Miletich won the first set, 6-4, while Wadas took the second by the same score. In the deciding set, Miletich went up 3-0 before Wadas caught fire and won the next six games.

“She played phenomenally ” there wasn’t anything I could do,” Miletich said. “I was pretty disappointed in myself, but you have to turn it around and be positive and happy that you took part in the experience of coming to state. I was lucky to have my coaches Jeff (Sandoval) and Derek there to keep me positive.”

Wadas lost her next match, eliminating Miletich.

“Shannen and Stephanie fought really hard and had good results,” Fisher said. “They should feel good about how they played.”

Sarah Logan, the No. 3 singles player for Vail Mountain ran into some trouble even before the first point of her opening match against Anna Brugioni of Kent Denver.

“She rolled her ankle in warmups and had to take her injury timeout and get it taped, but she really couldn’t move much after that,” Fisher said.

Logan lost, 6-0, 6-1, but Brugioni won her next two matches to keep Logan alive. If Brugioni wins her first match today, Logan will get another shot.

“She ankle is really swollen, but she wants to give it a go,” Fisher said.

The senior pair of Adi Slifer and Claire Sunderland came out strong against their Pueblo South opponents at the No. 3 doubles, winning the first set 6-2. After dropping the second set, 6-3, the Vail Mountain duo came out on top in a tiebreaker, 7-4.

“They were super psyched to get a victory,” Fisher said.

In the second round, though, Slifer and Sunderland ran into a solid Niwot pair and fell, 6-0, 6-0. Slifer and Sunderland await results today to see if they’ll get another match.

At the No. 4 doubles, Jessica Gilbert and Sheena Feiler battled a Ralston Valley team, but came up short, 6-4, 6-3.

“They are pretty new ” this is the first time they’ve played in this type of a tourney,” Fisher said.

Much like the Gore Rangers’ No. 3 pair, Gilbert and Feiler have their eyes on today’s action.

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or

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