With the Front Range League Tournament a week away and regionals and state after that, the Fairview boys tennis team is trying to peak at the right time.
If Tuesday is any indication, the Knights are on schedule.
Facing crosstown rival Boulder, Fairview dominated the Panthers, dropping just two sets in a 6-1 win at the Meadows Swim and Tennis Club.
"It was a good experience to see Boulder High, which is a strong team in our conference and get experience an atmosphere that's a little different than the high school scene," Knights coach Chad Tsuda. "It's more similar to regionals and state, and the conference tournament as well."
The afternoon certainly had drama even though Fairview won most of the matches. Fairview's No. 3 doubles team of Ryan Grayson and Kian Grimison beat Wyatt Stack and Charlie Esson in straight sets, but each one went to a tiebreaker and was the last match decided on the day.
"It's a coin flip when you get to a tiebreaker," Boulder coach Doug Kazarosian said. "Those guys performed well under pressure."
So did Fairview's Tom Melville at No. 1 singles. He has faced some tough competition this season, including the Panthers' Ethan Katz. He beat him earlier this month and used that experience to dominate him in a 6-1, 6-0 win.
"The last match was closer but this match I knew what to do. Not give him rhythm," Melville said. "That was my plan. Control the tempo, keep it my pace."
His plan worked well. He attacked Katz with low shots to draw him to the net and then used well-placed lobs to win the points. With a chance to close out the first set he went to the power game, sending a screamer down the line that Katz couldn't reach.
Melville closed it out and then breezed through the second set. Katz started to get to the drop shots but he didn't have enough to rally.
"It was too little too late at that point," Katz said.
Kazarosian was happy with the way his team competed. His No. 1 doubles team of Hans Callahan and Will Enterline beat Luke Silverman and Beck Chrisbens 7-6, 6-2 and all of the doubles matches were close.
"I thought we did very well," he said. "Fairview is a perennial powerhouse and we competed well and showed a lot of maturity."
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Fairview 6, Boulder 1
At Meadows Swim and Tennis Club
Singles — 1. Tom Melville, Fairview, def. Ethan Katz, 6-1, 6-0; 2. Ethan Schacht, Fairview, def. Everette Martin, 6-0, 6-4; 3. Andy Wu, Fairview, def. Henry Hawk, 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles — 1. Will Enterline/Hans Callahan, Boulder def. Luke Silverman/Beck Chrisbens 7-6, 6-2; 2. Hall Humphrey/Brody Pinto, Fairview, def. Luke Silvester/Nick Jordan, 6-4, 7-5; 3. Ryan Grayson/Kian Grimison, Fairview, def. Wyatt Stack/Charlie Esson, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5); 4. Reid Shaffer/Adam Heilbronner, Fairview, def. Nathaniel Lim/Calvin Caldwell, 6-3, 6-4.