At the Colorado Class 3A Girls State Tennis Tournament in Colorado Springs on May 13, Colorado Academy Senior Anna Jordaan claimed her second No. 1 Singles State Championship, capping her career as a Mustang in the best way possible, before heading to the United States Naval Academy to major in engineering and play Division I tennis in the fall.
“Being a captain on the team and being surrounded by so many of my friends, this is one of the best wins in my career. It means so much more than just tennis,” said Jordaan. At CA since Kindergarten, she continued, “I’ve made some of my closest friends at CA, and I’ve met such incredible people—my teachers and fellow students. I feel really well prepared academically, athletically, and socially to take on the next chapter of my life, and I definitely have CA to thank for that.”
Jordaan defeated Evelyn Oltmans (D’Evelyn) 6-0, 6-1 at Memorial Park to earn the title. Her deep experience, powerful groundstrokes, and smart, tactical play meant she was able to easily outmaneuver Oltmans with serve placement, spins, and direction patterns.
According to CA Coach Bob Ulrich, who helped Jordaan develop her game throughout her CA career, “Anna is an incredible person, athlete, and player. She is one of the most fierce and feared competitors I have ever coached in my 42 years. But, as dominating a player as she can be, she has always handled herself with class and dignity, and demonstrates a sincere respect for her opponents. A caring and supportive teammate, Anna took pride in representing CA on the courts. That she has chosen to attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis next year speaks volumes about who she is as a person. It has been an honor, pleasure, and privilege to teach Anna through her years at CA.”
CA Athletic Director Bill Hall adds, “Anna is a special athlete. She’s extremely focused, and she has worked incredibly hard to be where she is today. She is a fantastic example for all of our younger athletes, regardless of their sport, of how to set goals and then put in the work to achieve them. Anna knows that things don’t just happen. You have to work hard and go after them. I look forward to following her career at the Naval Academy.”