GREELEY — There was a point on Friday afternoon, on the first day of the Class 3A state tennis tournament at Centennial Courts where Holy Family sophomore Lindsey Bartoletta pinched herself.
Yes, she was playing that well.
After shaking off the initial nerves and jitters that come with the state tournament in the opening match against Prospect Ridge senior Kate Diamond (a former Holy Family player), Bartloletta settled down and moved into the quarterfinals against Aspen’s Macy Hopkinson.
The two regional champs — Hopkinson, a quarterfinalist last season at No. 3 singles — both hit the ball hard and that played right in to Bartoletta’s hands. She cruised into the state semifinals with an impressive 6-1, 6-0 victory.
“When I’m playing a player that is experienced and hits a lot of top-spin, I play really well,” said Bartoletta, who will face defending champion Trini Somasundaram of Peak to Peak in the semifinals at 8 a.m. on Saturday. “Against (Diamond), I didn’t play as well because she didn’t put any pace on the ball.
“The score (against Hopkinson) doesn’t really reflect the play, we had some really good points.”
The level headed Bartoletta, who doesn’t show much emotion on the outside, knows the importance of tomorrow’s semifinal match, and even admitted there will be a few butterflies in the stomach.
“I’m such a mental player, and I’ve been told that I don’t show it,” she said, “But I get so sick sometimes. I feel like I have a good game pace that will match my opponent.
“I’m so excited for tomorrow, it’s going to be a great day.”
Joining Bartoletta in the semifinals is the No. 4 doubles team of Madison Lujan and Kelly Whitehill. They spent a lot of time on the court at the University of Northern Colorado in each of their matches, beating the team from Prospect Ridge 6-4, 7-5 in the first round and then going three sets with University’s Joslyn Nava and Courtney Ruhl in the quarters. They won that match 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals against Peak to Peak’s Paige Burns and Millie Keogh.
The most inspiring effort of the day came at No. 2 doubles. Sadie Bren and Audrey Brower were on the court for over three hours against the team from St. Mary’s. And late in the third set, while returning a serve, Bren went down and screamed in agony after a cramp rolled up in her left calf. The trainer and several coaches came out to help and some how, she was able to finish. The St. Mary’s tandem took advantage, pushed the third set to a deciding tiebreaker and despite several Tigers rallies — and a brilliant effort by both Bren and Brower — eventually won a thriller 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (5).
Sophomore Emily Lindeorfer lost her opening match at No. 1 singles to Pueblo County’s Erin Mauro, 6-4, 6-4. At No. 3 singles, senior Lexi Licata lost a heartbreaking three-setter to Prospect Ridge’s Aly Miller, 7-6, 4-6, 6-1.
Senior Caroline Smolky and Grace Coster won their opening round match at No. 1 doubles to advance to the quarters against a familiar Colorado Academy team. The dropped the first set to Alex Ford and Lauren Preston, only to rally and force a third set. They were up 4-2 in the third, but couldn’t close the deal against the Mustangs and lost 6-4 in the deciding set.
The No. 3 team of Jillian Hill and Megan Smolky were beat 6-4, 6-2 by the team from Steamboat Springs.
CLASS 3A STATE TENNIS TOURNAMENT
At Centennial Park and UNC
Team scores (after Day 1) — Peak to Peak 18, D’Evelyn 15, Colorado Academy 10, Dawson 10, C.S. School 9, Steamboat Springs 9, Aspen 8, Holy Family 7, University 7, Pueblo County 5, Salida 4, Prospect Ridge 3, Lutheran 2, Vanguard 2, Eaton 1, Sr. Mary’s 1.
HOLY FAMILY FIRST ROUND RESULTS
No. 1 singles — Erin Mauro, Pueblo County def. Emily Lindeorfer, Holy Family, 6-4, 6-4.
No. 2 — Lindsey Bartoletta, Holy Family def. Kate Diamond, Prospect Ridge, 7-6, 6-1.
No. 3 — Aly Miller, Prospect Ridge def. Lexi Licata, Holy Family, 7-6, 4-6, 6-1.
No. 1 doubles — Grace Coster/Caroline Smolky, Holy Family def. Zara Antal/Grace Cox, St. Mary’s Academy, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 2 — Kyla Barrett/Monica Cichon, St. Mary’s def. Sadie Bren/Audrey Brower, Holy Family, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (5).
No. 3 — Soria Rabanal/Maddie Heydon, Steamboat Springs def. Jillian Hill/Megan Smolky, Holy Family, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 4 — Madison Lujan/Kelly Whitehill, Holy Family def. Danielle Dukes/Kayda Kreutzer, Prospect Ridge, 6-4, 7-5.
No. 2 singles — Lindsey Bartoletta, Holy Family def. Macy Hopkinson, Aspen, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 1 doubles — Alex Ford/Lauren Preston, Colorado Academy def. Grace Coster/Caroline Smolky, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
No. 4 doubles — Madison Lujan/Kelly Whitehill, Holy Family def. Joslyn Nava/Courtney Ruhl, University, 6-4, 6-2.