DENVER – For the first time in school history, Colorado Academy is a girls tennis team champion. The Mustangs beat Vail Christian in the Class 3A championship dual 4-3 to clinch the program’s first championship.

It was a back and forth battle where the Saints actually led on two separate occasions, but wins by Abbey Cohen and Elise Yang at No. 3 doubles, followed by a win from Emily Archie and Bea Wadsworth sealed the win for the Mustangs.

Colorado Academy finished as the 3A runner-up two times in school history, once in 2017 and the other in 2021. Both those second-place finishes came from the team title being determined by points won in the individual championship bracket.

Three matches went to three sets in the dual, with Colorado Academy taking a 2-1 edge in those contests, winning No. 2 doubles and No. 4 doubles. Vail Christian’s Heidi Iverson won a three-set match at No. 3 singles.

Class 3A girls tennis team championship results:

No. 1 Singles Mira Leon Colorado Academy 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 Singles Avia Lauchli Vail Christian 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 Singles Heidi Iverson Vail Christian 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
No. 1 Doubles Summer Sveum/Sofia Elalayi Colorado Academy 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 Doubles Storm Bearley/Josie Hicks Colorado Academy 7-6, 2-6, 6-1
No. 3 Doubles Abbey Cohen/Elise Yang Vail Christian 7-5, 6-3
No. 4 Doubles Emily Archie/Bea Wadsworth* Colorado Academy 2-6, 7-6, 6-4

* – Championship winning point