Parnell places in top 6

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Described as a quick athlete with good hands, Steamboat Springs' Kelli Parnell finished in the top six at the 2003 Colorado State High School Tennis Championships on Friday.

Parnell got the opportunity to re-enter tournament action when her first-round opponent, freshman Lauren Miller from Kent Denver, made it to the championship match.

In the first round of playback action, Parnell faced Longmont's Chelsea DeRonde. Parnell defeated DeRonde in two sets, 6-3 and 6-2.

"Compared to yesterday, I played much better," Parnell said. "I felt much more comfortable coming into today's match."

In the second round of playbacks, Parnell faced Teri Mayeda, a sophomore from Lewis Palmer High School in Colorado Springs. Parnell fell to Mayeda in two tough sets, 6-0 and 6-0.

"She (Mayeda) was playing in the trees," said coach Carol Bailey. "Everything Mayeda hit was right on the line. Low percentage shots made it in every time."

After the frustrating loss, coach Bailey recapped Parnell's season.

"You can't ask for much more from the double-sport athlete," Bailey said. "She was undefeated in her region, finished second at the regional tournament in Grand Junction and she finished in the top six at the state tournament. She had a fabulous season."

Parnell's final placement will depend on today's matches.

Christina Cutter from Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs will face Miller in the No. 2 Singles championship match at 9 a.m. today at the Pueblo City Park.

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