Fountain Valley Junior Misses Out On State Tennis Title

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Sammie Watson rallied from a shaky start to take the first step into the Class 4A high school girls tennis state record books today at the City Park Tennis Complex.

The Kent Denver freshman stormed back to defeat Clarke Tatje of Fountain Valley 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 for the No. 1 singles title, giving her the potential to join four-time past champions Becky Varnum of Cheyenne Mountain and Nicole Leimbach of Pine Creek, both from the Colorado Springs area.

Varnum dominated the first four years of Class 4A, beginning in 1995, and Leimbach's run was from 2001 through 2004. Watson came to Pueblo hoping to win her first title, history being the farthest thing from her mind on Saturday in her championship final.

Watson's championship points lifted the Sun Devils into a tie with Fossil Ridge for second place behind Niwot, which waltzed away with the team title a day early.

It was the first girls tennis state title for the school from the Boulder area.