PUEBLO - Many tennis players at Cheyenne Mountain begin their prep careers playing doubles, unable to crack into one of the only three singles spots at the state's premier 4A program.
Some eventually move up the ranks or make the singles lineup. Others, like Casey Ahrendsen and Ally Arenson, had big plans after winning the state crown at No. 1 doubles as freshmen.
They weren't going change a thing.
"We've always wanted to play together," said Arenson, who with Ahrendsen completed a high school grand slam Saturday at the 4A state girls' tennis meet at Pueblo City Park, winning the No. 1 doubles title for the fourth straight year. "It just makes it way more fun."
Arenson and Ahrendsen made quick work of Valor Christian's Tiffany Parobek and Lucie Hosse 6-1, 6-0 in not quite 45 minutes, the first of six Cheyenne Mountain state titles on the day to give the Indians a final victory margin of 91-46 over Kent Denver for the program's ninth straight team title.
The pair is the first in school history to claim the four-peat as partners; Katie Stagnaro (2009-12) and Lara Walden (2010-13) also won four state titles but not all with same teammate. Becky Varnum won four consecutive No. 1 singles titles from 1995-98.
It was some kind of dominating run for the partners, whose last names, coincidentally, are pronounced exactly the same. They went undefeated over the past three seasons, dropping only one match during their time at Cheyenne Mountain.
And it didn't just start once they became high school players.
"They've been playing together for years," longtime Indians coach Dave Adams said. "They've had great chemistry since they were little girls, and they just kept it going here. Those girls are amazing to have lost just one match in four years."
Arenson's little sister, Ariana, won't be able to match that win-loss record, but the sophomore did win a second straight doubles title Saturday, teaming with fellow sophomore Taylor Heinicke for a straight-set win in the No. 2 championship match.
She teamed with Mika Tatum to win state at No. 3 doubles one year ago, meaning a certain progression could be in the works.
Or a shot at a singles spot. Either way, she seems determined to keep the family name at the top of the podium.
"We have three seniors leaving, and the next spot open is (No.) 3 singles," said Ariana Arenson, whose team dropped four matches this season. "I'm open to playing singles, or I'd love to play 1 doubles. Those would be big shoes to fill."
Cory Patton Lossner and Claire Dibble claimed titles at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively, and the teams of Jensen Enterman and Katie Nelson (No. 3) and Brooke Dashiell and Tiana Stapleton (No. 4) also won championships in doubles for Cheyenne Mountain.