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Shelton: Broomfield’s Lupo earns weekly tennis honors with UNC

Brandon Lupo is just into the early matches of his senior spring season with the University of Northern Colorado and the tennis ace is already courting top honors.

The former Broomfield Class 4A state champion was this week named Big Sky Conference Men’s Player of the Week. This has been a rare honor for the program with only one other player having earned the honor since the Bears joined the conference in 2007. Last season, Ben Gendron was the first UNC tennis player to be named to the position.

Lupo earned the award by winning a pair of No. 1 singles matches over the weekend. On Saturday, Lupo defeated Justin Carter of Maryland-Baltimore County College in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 and then fought back to defeat Air Force Academy’s Grant Taylor on Sunday. Taylor won the first set 6-0, but Lupo won the next two 6-4, 6-4 to improve to 3-1 on the season. Lupo and Gendron also split decisions at No. 1 doubles, winning 8-5 over UMBC and falling 8-5 to Air Force.

Lupo is wrapping up what has been a strong three-year run with the Bears. The senior won a team-best 15 matches last season. He played all 14 of his spring matches at No. 1 singles, finishing with an 8-6 record. In doubles play, he was 13-5 with partner, Gendron. He finished the season being named to the Big Sky All-Conference second team.

Lupo ended up with the Bears in 2010, after a year off from college tennis, having started his career at Metro State College.

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