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Lauren Thomas of Heritage won the state championship at No. 3 singles at the May 11-13 Class 5A state girls tennis tournament at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver. Heritage also was honored with this year's girls tennis sportsmanship trophy.Cherry Creek won the title with 61 points, Mountain Vista was second with 52 points and Ponderosa was third with 42 points. Heritage finished fifth in team standings with 19 points.Thomas, a Heritage junior, won the state championship at No. 3 singles by defeating Arul Kumar of Cherry Creek, 6-4, 7-5.“I felt pretty confident coming into today's championship match,” she said. “After the first three games, I started getting nervous, but I pulled it together to make things work for me.”She said her serves were good and she tried to hit all return shots deep. She said she focused on staying consistent and felt she did a good job of it.“Winning the state title was exciting,” she said. “I was at state last year, took fourth at No. 3 singles and I worked really hard to improve my tennis skills for this season. Now I will take lessons and work hard on all aspects of the game to get ready for next tennis season.”
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