NIWOT — If Michael Ogez has struggled staying focused, as he says, he showed no signs of it on Tuesday.
Facing Broomfield’s Jake Gardner, Ogez never let up from start to finish. The Cougars’ defending No. 2 singles state champion defeated Gardner, 6-0, 6-1, and he did it in less than 40 minutes.
“Some of my matches, I’ve sort of been not focusing and messing around,” Ogez said. “I just really needed to try to focus and really try to play my best.”
Not one to change his strategy much from match to match, Ogez just played his game against Gardner.
“It worked, I guess,” he said.
So much so that Ogez had a half hour to relax as Cougars defending No. 1 singles state champ Harrison Lang finished off Zach Kusick, 6-0, 6-3.
“I played pretty good in the first set and then he started being a little more consistent,” Lang said. “I kept working on being aggressive and I just missed a few shots. It was a good match overall.”
The Cougars swept 7-0 and feel ready for next week’s regional tournament on Oct. 5-6.
“We look really good,” Cougars head coach Miikka Keronen said. “Everybody looks good except the injury that Spencer (Lang) has. Hopefully he’ll be better by next week and then we’ll be good to roll.”
Lang, who Keronen said could compete for a No. 3 singles state title as a freshman, sat out the match with a sprained thumb. Keronen said the talented freshman will probably only miss a few more days.
Junior varsity call-up Alex Pedraza stepped in for the younger Lang and defeated Matt Schmidt, 6-1, 6-1.
“He played well. He’s played well every time we’ve asked him to play (varsity),” Keronen said. “It’s definitely exciting to know that that kind of guy is there next year.”
Leading the sweep at the doubles spots, Matt Londa and Connor Mulshine beat West Obenauer and Brandon Hull, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1 doubles. At No. 2, Scott Rutherford and Drew Pasma defeated Adam Clark and Josh Eafanti, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 3 doubles brothers Jesse and Trevor Jones beat Scott Jamison and Jake Sigmond, 6-1, 6-1. And Cecil MacGregor and Carter Pentz notched a tough 7-5, 6-1 No. 4 doubles win over Tanner Lewis and Ethan Reed to round out the win.
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Niwot 7, Broomfield 0
At Niwot H.S.
No. 1 — Harrison Lang, Niwot, def. Zach Kusick, 6-0, 6-3. No. 2 — Michael Ogez, Niwot, def. Jake Gardner, 6-0, 6-1. No. 3 — Alex Pedraza, Niwot, def. Matt Schmidt, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 1 — Londa/Mulshine, Niwot, def. Obenauer/Hull, 6-1, 6-0. No. 2 — — Rutherford/Pasma, Niwot, def. Clark/Eafanti, 6-1, 6-1. No. 3 — T. Jones/J. Jones, Niwot, def. Jamison/Sigmond, 6-1, 6-1. No. 4 — — MacGregor/Pentz, Niwot, def. Lewis/Reed, 7-5, 6-1.