3A and 5A girls tennis state tournaments changed to a two-day format

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(Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)

The Class 3A and Class 5A girls tennis state tournaments are being modified to a two-day format in an effort to avoid poor weather on Saturday.

The 4A tournament remains on a three-day schedule.

Both the 3A and 5A tournaments are slated to complete the first round and quarterfinals on Thursday, and were originally slated to be played through Saturday. However, the forecasts for both Greeley (site of 3A) and Denver (site of 5A) are showing a high chance of rain overnight on Friday, and also a high chance of rain on Saturday.

As such, the schedule for each tournament has been modified to move the finals to Friday, following the conclusion of the semifinals and first two rounds of the playbacks. The third-place matches will also be played Friday, and a team champion will also be crowned. Semifinals for both tournaments will start at 8 a.m.

Each tournament will remain at one site, Centennial Park in Greeley for 3A, and Gates Tennis Center for 5A.

"We feel that we can have a very competitive and successful two-day tournament, and after looking at all the weather information available to us, we feel this is in the best interest of all the participants and the teams," said CHSAA assistant commissioner Bethany Brookens, who oversees tennis.