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Mustangs take 3rd at 4A state tourney to cap solid season

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

In capping a successful season for girls tennis, Mullen finished tied for third place as a team and placed three times within the top three at the singels and doubles positions, including two runners-ups, on Saturday in the finals of the Class 4A tournament.

Competing at Pueblo City Park over three days, the Mustangs tied with Kent Denver at 25 points for third behind champion Niwot (86) and runner-up Cheyenne Mountain (72).

Individually, Mullen’s strength came from doubles as those four groups accounted for 24 team points.

At No. 1 doubles, Jessie Cleary-Izzy Watts, both seniors, took second. They fell in the final to Cheyenne Mountain’s Taylor Heinicker-Jensen Enterman. The Mustangs earned a 7-5 victory in the first set, then went down twice by 4-6.

The Jordan Cleary (sophomore)-Tatum Maloney (senior) tandem in the No. 3 doubles final were ousted by 4-6, 4-6 to Niwot’s Catherine Xiao-Maedee Trank.

And at No. 4 doubles, Megan Sandy-Rebecca Watts, both sophomores, came back to finish third, handling Kate Douglas-Tess Kelly of Palmer Ridge in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

All told, Niwot and Cheyenne Mountain won all titles at the seven spots, five by Niwot.

But for the Mustangs, they were 9-3 in dual meets in 2018; 6-1 in the Centennial League; and won two tournaments and took a second.

For 2019, coach Jera Sturgell will return two of the three singles spots. At doubles, the top two spots will also have to be replaced as well as one at No. 3 doubles.

2 in finals, 1 in consos for Mustangs at 4A tennis

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

By advancing two doubles teams to the finals and another to a third-place match, Mullen rallied nicely on Friday in the Class 4A tournament for girls tennis held at Pueblo City Park.

The Mustangs struggled a bit in opening rounds on Thursday, but will have three of their doubles teams in action on Saturday with prime opportunity to finish third as a team.

Concerning championship matches, the Mustangs’ No. 1 doubles members can also cement their team standing. The Jessie Cleary-Izzy Watts duo, both seniors, will play against Kent Denver’s Julia Doyle-Isabel Haifleigh. Also in the finals, their No. 3 group of Jordan Cleary (sophomore)-Tatum Maloney (senior) will take on Niwot’s Catherine Xiao-Maedee Trank. In addition, Mullen’s No. 4 team of Megan Sandy-Rebecca Watts, both sophomores, will face Kate Douglass-Tess Kelly of Palmer Ridge.

Twenty-two of Mullen’s 23 team points have come through doubles. Only freshman Lauren Manwiller, who won an opening-round match at No. 1 singles, then fell in the quarterfinals, was able to provide a point.

Mullen was tied with Kent Denver for third place behind Niwot (69) and Cheyenne Mountain (64).

The Mustangs have two in the finals to Kent Denver’s one and each program has one spot in consolations. As of late Friday, Kent Denver also had its No. 2 doubles team bidding for a consolation final, against Valor Christian in the playback.

Concerning the two leaders, Niwot occupied five finals spots to Cheyenne Mountain’s four and held a three-to-two edge in consolation berths to further underline the two-team chase (the field has representatives from 26 teams) to the championship.

 

Full team headed to 4A state for girls netters

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It’s a better, improved version of Mullen girls tennis and it played out again in preliminary stages of postseason play.

On Friday and after multiple days of rain, cold, gloom and wind, the Mustangs took second to Valor Christian in Class 4A Region 3 at Pinehurst Country Club and Mullen High courts. The two programs accounted for all seven singles and doubles finals, and combined to advance full teams into Thursday’s beginning of the 4A Colorado tournament to be held at Pueblo City Park.

Valor edged Mullen 72-69 in the team chase, but Mustangs head coach Jera Sturgell welcomes the chance to meet the Eagles and other classification powers very soon.

“I think our team is just stronger as a whole,” she said of a group headed by the fresh presence of freshman Lauren Manwiller. Her 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-2 victory over Emily Untermeyer was as rugged as it was eye-opening.

“That is really good and I don’t think it was expected by anybody.” Sturgell said of the ninth-grader arising as the team’s best player. “She’s incredible, such a humble personality who doesn’t expect to win, but is just such a hard-working player. She doesn’t ever stop fighting.”

Losing the tie-breaker in the first set, Manwiller said with a wry smile, riled her ”just a little … but I said I got this and I just had to stay focused.”

The great things about Manwiller, Sturgell said, include her abilities, character and outlook, plus the fact that “she went to the top for us and all of our strength moved down.”

Grabbing a regional championship at No. 1 singles, Manwiller said, “is awesome.”

And she has been welcomed with open arms.

“She’s very good, very accepted, everyone loves her and she’s super good,” Mustangs senior and No. 3 singles player Shannon Stone said.

Manwiller has dropped only two matches this season and a player who began at age 9 and entered her first tournament at 12 has not only solidified the top spot for the Mustangs, but also for teammates at Nos. 2-3 singles and Nos. 1-4 doubles, Sturgell said, because “they’ve proven that they’ve done really well where they’re at.”

Entering state, Mullen was 9-3 in dual meets, 6-1 in the Centennial League, with the only setback to regular 5A state champion Cherry Creek. The Mustangs also won tournaments at Greeley West and Littleton.

Much of their power and depth was on display on Friday.

The Mustangs’ Mikayla Phelps went down in straight sets in the final at No. 2 singles and Stone did likewise at No. 3, but Stone took only her third loss of the season, qualified for state a fourth time and clearly has a goal.

“To get out of the first round,” she said as she also has earned her 10th career letter at Mullen.

Mullen’s Jessie Cleary-Izzy Watts won at No. 1 doubles and so did Jordan Cleary-Tatum Maloney at No. 3. Maia Morrissey-Julia Dellasalle grabbed second at No. 2 doubles and Megan Sandy-Rebecca Watts needed to withstand a challenge match to advance at No. 4 while also finishing runner-up.

The Mustangs, Sturgell said, are in the hunt with teams such as Valor, perennial power and state champion Cheyenne Mountain, Niwot and Kent Denver, “and there’s going to be great competition across the board.”

Pairings will be released on Monday and the championship will run through Saturday.

Mullen last won the 4A team championship in 2006.

 

Mustangs handle Arapahoe, take 2nd place in league

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

By taking a 4-3 decision in a dual match over Arapahoe on Wednesday, Mullen clinched the second-best record in the Centennial League.

The Mustangs are 6-1 in league and behind perennial Class 5A power Cherry Creek.

Mullen nabbed victories at two of the three single spots. At No. 1, freshman Lauren Manwiller breezed, winning 6-1, 6-2. And at No. 3, senior Shannon Stone, who’s having a terrific season, won 6-3, 7-5.

In doubles, the Mustangs split four matches with the Warriors. At No. 1, Jessie Cleary-Izzy Watts won 6-2, 6-0. And at No. 4, Megan Sandy-Rebecca Watts fought to a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

The Mustangs will end their regular-season duals on Thursday, April 26, at Palmer Ridge in Monument, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Earlier, they had matches against Eaglecrest and St. Mary’s Academy in which the points will count toward regional seeding for those two teams, but not the Mustangs because they used Varsity II players.

Concerning the postseason, the Mustangs will serve as hosts for Class 4A Region 3 that is to be completed by next week. Mullen will welcome Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Valor Christian, Vista PEAK Prep and Wheat Ridge.

The 4A Colorado Championship will be held May 10-12 at Pueblo City Park.

 

Mustangs netters roll 7-0 against Smoky Hill

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

AURORA -- Mullen girls tennis continues to move forward.

On Thursday, the Mustangs earned another sweep, blitzing host Smoky Hill 7-0 in a Centennial League dual match.

Overall, the Mustangs are 7-2 in duals, 5-1 in league, won an invitational and have won 61 of 84 matches, a percentage of 72.6 percent.

Mullen won six of seven matches against the Buffaloes (2-5, 1-4) in straight sets. The one exception was at No. 1 singles, where freshman Lauren Manwiller won by 6-0, 4-6 (10-7).

Mikayla Phelps won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 singles and senior Shannon Stone breezed at No. 3 by 6-0, 6-1.

In doubles, only the No. 2 team of Maia Morrissey-Julia DellaSalle was hard-pressed, winning by 7-6, 6-1. No. 1 Jessie Cleary-Izzy Watts won 6-1, 6-1; No. 3 Tatum Maloney-Jordan Cleary breezed 6-1, 6-0; and No. 4 Megan Sandy-Rebecca Watts won 6-3, 6-2.

The Mustangs were at the Littleton Invitational on Friday that was scheduled to run into Saturday, but play was pending due to weather conditions.

Mullen is to finish its regular season next week, with three matches in three days, Monday at Englewood/St. Mary’s Academy, 4 p.m.; Tuesday at Palmer Ridge in Monument, 3:30 p.m.; and Wednesday home against Arapahoe, a league dual at 4 p.m.

Girls tennis sweeps Overland 7-0

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

With a sweep of all seven spots, Mullen easily handled host Overland 7-0 in a Centennial League dual match in girls tennis at Utah Park in Aurora on Thursday.

The Mustangs, who won each match in straight sets, upped their overall season mark to 6-2 in duals, 4-1 in league and they have won one invitational (at Greeley West). Overland is winless at 0-7, 0-5.

In singles, No. 1 Lauren Manwiller, No. 2 Mikayla Phelps and No. 3 Shannon Stone combined to lose only eight of 44 games. In doubles, No. 1 Jessie Cleary-Izzy Watts, No. 2 Julia DellaSalle-Maia Morrisey, No. 3 Tatum Maloney-Jordan Cleary and No. 4 Megan Sandy-Rebecca Watts combined to win 48 of 52 games.

Phelps, DellaSalle-Morrissey and Maloney-Jo. Cleary each won by 6-0, 6-0.

Mullen will complete league play next week – it has a chance to finish at least second in the Centennial to Cherry Creek with a home match on Tuesday, April 17, 4 p.m., then its finale at Smoky Hill in Aurora on Thursday, April 19, 3:45 p.m.

The Mustangs also will participate in the Littleton Invitational April 20-21 and wrap up their regular season on April 24, 3:30 p.m., at Palmer Ridge in Monument.

Girls netters win invite, get swept by Creek

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The highs and lows of girls tennis were relevant recently to Mullen.

First, the Mustangs headed to Greeley late last week and won an invitational. Then they were rocked by the resident truth of the schoolgirl game in Colorado.

And so it goes …

The past weekend, Mullen won the Greeley Invitational with 47 points. The Mustangs were able to outdistance Grandview and Monarch (45), Fruita Monument (42), the host Spartans (29), Castle View (22), Smoky Hill (13) and a non-varsity opponent (8).

Behind a first-place showing by the No. 1 doubles team of Jessie Cleary and Izzy Watts, Mullen placed at all seven spots.

In singles, No. 1 Lauren Manwiller was second; No. 2 Mikayla Phelps third; and No. 3 Shannon Stone second.

For doubles, No. 2 Maia Morrissey and Bella Wallrath were third; No. 3 Tatum Maloney and Jordan Cleary second; and No. 4 Megan Sandy and Rebecca Watts third.

As for a home dual-match meeting with Cherry Creek on Tuesday, the Bruins won all seven matches and swept them in two sets. However, Mullen, primarily underclassmen, competes in the 5A-based Centennial League and will drop to 4A for the postseason, and the Bruins, since sanctioning in 1975, have won 34 team titles, all among big schools.

Still, the Mustangs stand 5-2 overall in dual meets, 4-1 in league. They are 47-23 in singles and doubles matches.

Mullen will be in Aurora at Utah Park on Thursday, April 12, for a league dual meet against Overland, 3:45 p.m.

Girls tennis rocking, takes back-to-back duals

By Neil H., Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

With dual-meet victories over back-to-back days, Mullen girls tennis has improved to 3-1 in the early part of the spring season.

The Mustangs swept Jefferson County’s Ralston Valley 7-0 on Tuesday and followed with a 4-3 decision of Aurora’s Grandview on Wednesday in the Centennial League.

Against Ralston Valley, Mustangs singles players Lauren Manwiller, a freshman (6-2, 6-2); junior Mikayla Phelps (6-3, 6-4); and senior Shannon Stone (6-0, 6-4) were dominant in command. At doubles, Jessie Cleary-Izzy Watts had to work at No. 1 doubles before rallying to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. The remaining three teams, Maia Morrissey-Julia DellaSalle, Jordan Cleary-Tatum Maloney and Megan Sandy-Rebecca Watts, won in straight sets.

In the league opener against the Wolves, Manwiller and Stone won in straight sets at Nos. 1 and 3 singles, respectively, with Manwiller not losing a game.

In doubles, Cleary-Watts at No. 1 and Sandy-Watts at No. 4 won, although Morrissey-DellaSalle at No. 2 and Cleary-Maloney at No. 3 fell in three sets with both outcomes being decided in the third game by 7-5.

The Mustangs will be idle until after spring break, when they will host Centennial’s Eaglecrest in league on April 3, 3:45 p.m.

Mullen drops a close one, 4-3 to Chatfield tennis

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

In taking two of the three singles matches, but dropping three of four in doubles, Mullen lost a tight dual match in girls tennis to host Chatfield on Wednesday.

The Chargers of Jefferson County won 4-3.

For the Mustangs, freshman Lauren Manwiller won a lengthy match at No. 1 singles. She downed another freshman, Mikaela Mueller, 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 6-2.

And Mustangs senior Shannon Stone methodically handled Chatfield’s Kira Coffee in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

In doubles, Mustangs sophomores Megan Sandy and Rebecca Watts got past Claire Hursta and Megan Furuto 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) at No. 4.

Mullen went down in straight sets at No. 2 singles and in two of its top three doubles spots.

Next up for Mullen is dual against another Jeffco team, Ralston Valley, in Arvada on Tuesday, March 20, 3:30 p.m.

 

Mustangs sweep Coronado to open season

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

In sweeping Colorado Springs’ Coronado 7-0 on Tuesday, Mullen opened the girls tennis season cleanly.

The Mustangs also won six of the seven singles and doubles matches in straight sets.

And they did it with plenty of underclassmen – only six of Mullen’s top 11 competitors are seniors.

Freshman Lauren Manwiller opened by winning in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0, and senior No. 3 singles Shannon Stone did likewise in 6-3, 6-2. No. 2 singles Mikayla Phelps, a junior, dropped her first set to Coronado’s Bethany Heitland, then won two in a row.

In doubles, Jessie Cleary-Izzy Watts (No.1), Maia Morrissey-Julia Dellasalle (No. 2), Jordan Cleary-Tatum Maloney (No. 3) and Megan Sandy-Rebecca Watts (No. 4) each needed only two sets.

The Mustangs next will be at Chatfield on Wednesday, March 14.

Spring Preview: Mustangs girls have the tennis numbers

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sportrs Information Specialist

Numbers? Mullen girls tennis has numbers, lots of them, more than 100 hopefuls in preseason.

“We have so many kids,” Mustangs head coach Jera Sturgell said.

As one of the few programs that have these kinds of numbers, Mullen is attempting to use a tennis ladder, Sturgell said, a computer-based system that sorts out team placings, “but so many of the players are new and they won’t be able to play matches.”

Only 11 spots for singles and doubles are available, but Sturgell pays it no mind.

“It’s a life sport, so they can play forever,” the coach said.

A year ago, Mullen sent its starting lineup to the Class 4A state meet in Pueblo after finishing second to Valor Christian in regionals. The Mustangs took seventh and Sturgill looks forward to an even higher finish.

Returning from 2017 are Tatum Maloney and Jordan Cleary, who finished fourth at No. 3 doubles. In addition, all three singles players from last year were juniors and add freshman Lauren Manwiller, already a tournament player, to the mix. In all, six players with experience return.

As usual, Mullen will split time between its home court and nearby Pinehurst Country Cub to accommodate the high number of players.

Certainly, Sturgill said, it will be a challenge for her and her staff to manage the roster, but she offers no complaints. It’s a good problem to have.

“Most schools only have about 40 players, so it makes it a challenge to get matches for our kids,” she said. “And our beginner girls need to learn how to play. I think we’ll have even a better showing than last year and it’s exciting to see.”

The Mustangs will open on March 13 with a home match against Coronado.

 

 

Mullen sends 2 doubles teams to 4A semis

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

 

After sending all 11 players at the singles and doubles spots to Thursday’s first round of the Class 4A girls tennis state tournament, Mullen will have two sets of doubles teams playing for third place on Saturday.

Duos of Tatum Maloney-Jordan Cleary and Andrea Zaragoza-Angelica Garcia will have opportunities to increase their Mustangs total of 13 points. Heading into the final day, Mullen stood seventh of 28 teams. Cheyenne Mountain had locked up its ninth consecutive team title with 73 points, easily outdistancing second-place Kent Denver (41). Next were Valor Christian (39), Palmer Ridge (31), Durango (24) and Niwot (22).

Maloney-Cleary advanced to the No. 3 doubles semifinals, but ran into Palmer Ridge’s Cailin Foster-Regina Park, who went on to the final match with a 6-3, 6-2 victory. Maloney-Cleary will meet Air Academy’s Mackie Tate Tygart-Grace Ensor in the consolation match.  At No. 4 doubles, Zaragoza-Garcia went down in the quarterfinals, but won 6-2, 6-3 over Durango’s Camille Jacobs-Emma Vogel. The Mustangs will take on Valor Christian’s Avery Warburton-Mary Hertel in the third-place match.

Jessica Cleary was Mullen’s longest survivor at singles. Playing at No. 2, Cleary went down 6-0, 6-0 to Kent Denver’s Amanda Schlatter in the quarterfinals, but responded in playbacks by handling Cailey Sweckard of Pueblo South 6-2, 6-3.  However, Cleary then fell by 6-2, 6-1 to Valor Christian’s Darby Warburton.  At No. 1 doubles, the Mustangs’ Maia Morrissey-Mikayla Phelps advanced to the semifinals before falling 6-2, 6-1 to Valor Christian’s Tiffany Parobek-Lucie Hosse. They turned around and lost to Niwot’s Jewel NG-Tehnley White 6-1, 7-5.

All Saturday matches will begin at 9 a.m.

 

 

 

After a long first day of Class 4A state girls tennis at Pueblo City Park, Mullen sits tied for sixth place. 

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

 

After a long first day of Class 4A state girls tennis at Pueblo City Park, Mullen sits tied for sixth place.

The Mustangs are tied with Niwot at 8 points. No surprise that eight-time defending state champion Cheyenne Mountain heads the field with 21 points, followed by Valor Christian 15, Kent Denver 14, Palmer Ridge 12 and Durango 9. Plus, this is the first season of a 3A classification, so the field is different.

All told, the Mustangs, who advanced all 11 players at the three singles and four doubles spots, won four first-round matches, then two in the quarterfinals. They won at one of the singles spots and three of the doubles, historically where most team state titles are won.

Junior Jessica Cleary won her first-round match at No. 2 singles via comeback, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 over Angel Wang of Pine Creek. Cleary then lost 6-0, 6-0 to Amanda Schlatter, a sophomore at Kent Denver, in the quarterfinals.

 

In doubles, Maia Morrissey-Mikayla Phelps earned a first-round victory at the No. 1 spot by 6-3, 6-4 over Pueblo South’s Ashley Feliz-Andrea Hough.

At No. 3, Tatum Maloney-Jordan Cleary fell 2-6 in the first game, then rallied by Breanna Bravo-Alyssa Soto of Pueblo South 6-2, 6-1. Maloney-Cleary then handled Ruby DeCora-Emma Jaber of Durango 6-3,6-4 to advance to the semifinals. And at No. 4, Andrea Zaragoza-Angelica Garcia swept Pine Creek’s Sherry Hu-Lindsay Mase 6-4, 6-3.

 

Of the Mustangs who were unable to advance past the first round, junior Elizabeth Watts earned the toughest draw of the tournament – a first-round match against the defending state champion, Josie Schaffer of Kent Denver, just a sophomore. Watts was swept in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.

Shannon Stone, another junior and competing at No. 3 singles, won the first game 6-2 over Durango sophomore Emma Hackett, then went down in a couple of tight ones, 6-7, 5-7. And at No. 2 doubles, Mullen’s Dominique Fresquez-Julia Dellasalle split the first two games with Niwot’s Amanda Duquette-Erin O’Neill 2-6, 6-1, then fell 4-6.  Play will resume Friday at 9 a.m. with semifinals and assorted playbacks. Saturday’s title matches and those for third place also will begin at 9 a.m.

 

 

Team scores – Cheyenne Mountain 21, Valor Christian 15, Kent Denver 14, Palmer Ridge 12, Durango 9, Mullen 8, Niwot 8, Pueblo West 4, Discovery Canyon 4, Pine Creek 3, Rampart 3, Loveland 2, Thompson Valley 2.

 

 

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

 

Color the Mullen girls tennis team headed to the Class 4A state tournament at Pueblo City Park as interesting.

It’s a group that was 6-6 in dual meets during this spring season, yet advanced players at all singles and doubles spots through regionals. The coach remained supremely confident about her team, yet its members seem to be pleasantly surprised at current success. And what lies ahead will start to be determined on Thursday, when opening matches will commence.

 

It has been delightful for first-year coach Jera Sturgell.  “I felt like from the beginning that they were that good,” she said of her players. “And this was not common (to advance all players) … coming into the season I had high hopes.”

Mustangs No. 1 singles player Izzy Watts said “it was really hard, but I’m excited. I didn’t think I was going to make it.”  Watts advanced to state two years ago as a freshman, when she played No. 2 doubles, but missed the state field a year ago in her first season playing the top singles spot. And her reward for improving at the toughest spot on the board? A first-round match with the defending state champion, Josie Schaffer, a winner in 2016 as a freshman.

Who said it was going to be easy? “I’m excited,” Watts said.

 

Mustangs No. 2 singles Jessie Cleary also enters the final field with previous experience and said “I was surprised everybody made it and I think it will be fun. Everyone has worked really hard.”  As is the case in most of their sports, the Mustangs competed in the Centennial League that includes perennial 5A power Cherry Creek, so dealing with high-end competition was a regularity. Plus, Mullen players realized it.

“We didn’t have a super strong regional group, but the people we played during the season were really, really good,” Cleary said.

As for the 4A state-tournament group, it includes eight-time defending state champion Cheyenne Mountain as well as Kent Denver. Hence, there will be plenty of competition.  “We’ve seen some players we’ll see at state,” Cleary said. “I have some experience and I think it will help.”

Sturgell said the Mustangs’ hunger is considerable, as “they saw the draws and asked, ‘Are they good?’ They’re all good. It’s so hard to tell (how the Mustangs can fare) because we don’t play 4A schools. But I think we’re right in there, I really do.”

 

The tournament will run from Thursday through Saturday. The first two rounds will be Thursday, semifinals on Friday and championships and third-place matches on Saturday, the first two days spiced by playbacks. Weather permitting, each day will begin at 9 a.m.

Mullen, which began the season with 83 players, also will be represented in Pueblo by Shannon Stone at No. 3 singles, and doubles players Maia Morrissey-Mikayla-Phelps (No. 1), Dominique Fresquez-Julia DellaSalle (No. 2), Tatum Maloney-Jordan Cleary (No. 3) and Andrea Zaragoza-Angelica Garcia (No. 4).

 

 

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