Conant comes up just short in final

Orioles tennis falls to Littleton in their first-ever state championship appearance

The Conant girls tennis team made it farther than any tennis team — girls or boys — in school history when they squared off against Littleton in the Division III finals on June 4.

Conant number one Shannon Bennett dominated her singles opponent to the tune of an 8-0 final score. Sister Allina fought hard but came up just short, dropping her singles match 8-6 and evening the match at one a piece.

Conant No. 3 Courtney Dillon won her match 8-4 to put the Orioles back on top. Teammate Ashley Rogers dropped her singles match by a score of 8-6, once again knotting the overall tally at two.

Hannah Clark and Hannah Duncan took a win and a loss respectively, with Clark winning 8-4 and Duncan losing 8-2. The Division III state title match was tied up at three heading into doubles play.

In the number one doubles match, the Bennett sisters could not pull out a victory, falling 4-8. The duo of Dillon and Clark played a tight match, coming out on top 9-7.

The match was tied up at four, and with one match to go, the first team to five would be crowned state champion. In the last doubles match, Rogers and Duncan were unable to clinch the title for Conant, falling 8-2. Final score Littleton 5, Conant 4.

“The girls were proud of themselves for making it to the finals. This match gave us great experience which we learned we need in order to win in the playoffs,” said head coach Jody Baker.

The Orioles finish the season with a 15-1 overall record, and high expectations heading into next season.

“I’m really proud of all of the girls. The program is headed in the right direction. I have girls that played exhibition for me this year that will be happy to get more playing time as we lose five seniors,” said Baker.

Baker, who will return as the coach next spring, thoroughly enjoyed the group of girls she coached this spring.

“I like to teach and I like tennis, so It’s a good mix,” Baker laughed, adding “I’m excited to see what happens next spring with the new group.”

Dylan Fisher can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235, or

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