girls tennis

Farmers fall to Dakota Ridge in regular season finale

But Wheat Ridge is expecting big performances in regionals

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Wheat Ridge No. 1 singles senior Erika Land unloads her forehand during her regular season finale win over Dakota Ridge Wednesday at Everett Middle School.
Photo by Daniel Williams
The Lady Farmers plus their coaches are poise as they pose for our camera before match against Dakota Ridge on Wednesday. The girl’s regular season is over but Wheat Ridge is now preparing for regional and then state if they qualify.
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- It took three sets in two different matches to decide the outcome of the match but Dakota Ridge outlasted Wheat Ridge in their 5-2 victory Wednesday at Everett Middle School.

The Farmers fought in their last regular season match against the 5A Jeffco foe, but couldn’t seal the deal in their No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches where they both lost 6-4 in the third set.

But the hard fought loss to the 5A Jeffco team proved that the Farmers can compete with anyone they face and it might just be the boost they need as they prepare for regional’s and then state.

The Farmers were still impressive in the loss in a few of their matches. Wheat Ridge No. 1 singles Erika Land won her match in dominating fashion beating Katie Van Treeck 6-3, 6-1.

Land used crisp ground strokes and a high-powered serve to keep Van Treeck off balance and she never let her get comfortable in the match.

The victory also gives Land a very impressive 9-2 record in her senior campaign and she hopes she can improve that record in regional’s and state.

Wheat Ridge’s top double team were also winners as their No. 1 double duo of senior’s Tarryn Wilson and Janelle Van Dyke took down Dakota Ridge’s Ally Myers and Andrea Cho 7-5, 6-4, in the most exciting match of the day.

The win for the Farmers’ No. 1 double team gives them a 8-4 record on the season.

But Wheat Ridge also had a couple close losses including their No. 2 double team of freshman Taylor Mantey and junior Natalie Melka who lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to the Eagles’ duo of Jacquelyn Miller and Brandy Trengove.

Also, the Farmers’ No. 3 doubles teams fought hard but could not overcome an experienced Dakota Ridge team as Wheat Ridge junior Natalie Rhodes and sophomore Simone LaBaron fell 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

Despite their loss to close out their regular season and their average overall and league record as a team (5-7, 3-4 in league) the Farmers have had a successful season.

Not only does Wheat Ridge expect to send several teams to state but they also will have seven varsity members from this year’s team return next season.