BOULDER — The idea of playing singles wasn’t a naturally desired move for Dave Rosencrans this season. But it’s safe to say he accepted the challenge with dignity and took the bull by the horns.
After Wednesday’s Class 5A Region 2 tournament wrapped up at Fairview High School, Legacy High School coach Al Godman was able to give Rosencrans a nice “welcome back to state.”
He earned the right to keep his season going at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver next week, surviving playbacks and getting his state bid with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Ryan Beckstrom of Chaparral.
Rosencrans helped the Lightning to a third-place finish at regionals and will be joined at state by the No. 3 doubles team of Sam Karlson and Austin Cole.
For Rosencrans, playing doubles with his brother Mike was what he wanted to do — something the pair had done for years. But singles play has been fun and different, and Dave Rosencrans clearly proved he belonged in the field.
“It’s a much different game, a lot less finesse and a lot more power,” he said after watching his brother Mike come up just short in his state bid during the No. 1 singles playbacks at the Fairview courts. “It’s a lot of learning in singles, but I think I’ve gotten much better. I have to perform more, and it’s not half and half.”
“He knows to stay within his game, and he just hustles,” Godman said. “Dave had a focus and went through and got it done. Both he and Mike did a lot of work to get ready to play singles because they knew they were probably going to have to. They played tournaments and worked with their coach, and they were ready.”
Dave Rosencrans was a bit surprised that he was able to handle Beckstrom so well. Beckstrom had lost earlier in the day to Fairview’s Alec Leddon (6-4, 7-5) and Rosencrans said Beckstrom may have been fatigued from that close match. But he still played his game and maintained control throughout.
“I thought my consistency was very strong today. Getting into these big power rallies, usually I’ll be the first one to miss it,” Rosencrans said. “This time, I was pretty consistent, just hit it back and took some of the pace off. Pretty happy to be able to do that.”
Karlson and Cole will get their chance to make a splash at Gates after a second-place regional finish. In Wednesday’s action, they fell to Fairview’s Devin Harper and Roger Nichols, 6-2, 6-0.
“They matured well,” Godman said of the duo. “We’ve got a sophomore and a junior and we’re looking for good things for them. This was their third time playing Fairview in the past two and a half weeks. I think they picked up something from them every time. They’ve come a long way in learning what shots to make in what situations.”
Fairview dominated the regional, winning championships in all seven positions to finish with 70 points coming off its Front Range League title.
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