GREELEY — As the two-day Class 3A girls tennis state championship came to a close Saturday afternoon, Peak to Peak emerged as the team champion, and the Pumas’ Trisha Somasundaram picked up her second No. 1 singles championship in as many seasons.
As Somasundaram dominated her way through the bracket, her opponent for the second-straight postseason, Mae Thorp (Steamboat Springs) brought everything she had left from the three-hour affair with Aspen’s Mary Williams the round before. However, clutch shots and control from the crafty lefty proved too much.
“It’s amazing,” Somasundaram said. “I really didn’t think I was going to pull it off, but I just stayed calm and thought to myself, ‘This is my senior year I’ll just try my best.’ I had to be really consistent hitting the ball deep and just make sure if I get it over that she may not make the play Mae is a really good player, last year I played her in state as well. She’s always a good sport.”
Somasundaram’s sister, Trini (Peak to Peak) captured her second consecutive state championship in No. 2 singles. University’s Elizabeth van der Torre (6-1, 6-1) earned the title at No. 3 singles.
“They have been amazing,” Peak to Peak first-year coach Eric Carlson said of the Somasundaram sisters. ”We did captain voting at the beginning of the season, and their peers voted them as their captains. It just means they have their teammates respect. They have been wonderful for us.”
With 60 total points, Peak to Peak defeated D’Evelyn by eight to claim the crown. Dawson came in at third at 36 while Colorado Academy and Steamboat tied for fourth with 33.
In doubles, D’Evelyn dominated. Olivia Sanders and Emily Reschl won No. 1 doubles, while Maria Christoffersen and Maddie Dietzler won No. 4. Also winning No. 4, the Jaguars rode the success of Cheranne Wang and Ella Whatley to 7-5 and 6-4 set wins over Peak to Peak.
Dawson's Sarah Devereux and Julia Garfinkel won No. 2 doubles.
“It’s awesome. We always think staying on top of the mountain is even harder than climbing the mountain, to begin with,” Carlson said. “We didn’t sneak up on anybody this year, so all of the hard work paid off.”