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On to state for three tennis qualifiers

Pueblo West’s No. 1 doubles team of Michael Trevithick and Matt Waldenmeyer won the Region 7 championship by defeating the Mesa Ridge “one dubs” in the finals.

This winning tandem is reaping the rewards of their tough offseason training.

Walsenmeyer and Trevithick will compete in the state championships on their own “home” court at City Park in Pueblo today through Saturday.

West’s number three singles player Greg Wakefield also advanced to the state championships by finishing second in a very difficult 10-man bracket.

The Cyclones had also set a goal of winning the regional team title.

Unfortunately, they fell just short.

All 11 of the Pueblo West players had strong showings in the first day of the regional tournament at City Park, and the team was in a good position to accomplish this goal.

But three of the Cyclones doubles teams drew an extra playback match on Saturday afternoon.

Since only the top two finishers qualify for state, these playback matches are necessary when the third place team (or individual), has not yet had an opportunity to play the second place finisher in their bracket.

These “true second” matches are tense, with someone going home disappointed for having come so close to being a state qualifier.

Each of the Cyclones teams battled hard, but unfortunately, all six of the West players wore the long faces at the end of the round.

And, to add injury to insult, their team lost the region championship to Pueblo Central by a mere three points.

As the disappointment wanes, the Cyclones can to point to many positives.

All of their singles players, and three out of the four doubles teams finished in the top four in the region.

All of their underclassmen gained invaluable experience that will only make them stronger, and a contender once again next season.

In the meantime, they will all be pulling for their three teammates in the state tournament.

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