Class 4A, Region 4
GREELEY— With every player carrying a No. 1 seed into the Class 4A Region 4 tournament it was apparent from the jump that the Niwot tennis team was expected to have a strong showing in Greeley this week. At the conclusion of the regional on Thursday the Cougars left no doubt that they did indeed deserve the immense amount of respect afforded them.
Niwot swept the tournament, winning at every slot while not allowing the opposition to take a single set in the process. All in all the Cougars won 17 of 17 matches played at the Centennial Park courts, nine of which they didn’t even drop a game in.
The wins mean all 11 NHS players will be making an appearance at the state tournament. Spencer Lang may have had the most impressive tourney, winning three matches at No. 1 singles, each with a score of 6-0, 6-0. Allen Fu won his first two matches at No. 2 in the same manner before taking the final 6-3, 6-2. And Drew Pasma dropped just one game in the two matches he played at No. 3 singles.
The doubles sides had relatively easy paths as Nos. 2, 3 and 4 all earned first-round byes and each needed just two wins to take the title. All three pairs took care of its business, with the only real threat coming in the finals of No. 3 doubles as Isaac Ng and Peter Graham bested Alex Adams and Zach Sanford from Greeley Central 6-4, 6-4.
The Cougars tallied a perfect score of 84 as a team, far and away the best total for the tournament. All other schools’ scores were not yet final due to playbacks taking place late Thursday to determine the final state qualifiers from the region.
At Centennial Park Courts
No. 1 singles — Spencer Lang, Niwot, def. Andrew Struzenberg, Greeley Central, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 singles — Allen Fu, Niwot, def. Daniel Crews, Greeley Central, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 3 singles — Drew Pasma, Niwot, def. Dominick Smith, Greeley Central, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 1 doubles — Satvik Saini/Carter Pentz, Niwot, def. Patrick Ryan/Joseph Martinez, Greeley Central, 6-2, 6-1.
No. 2 doubles — Trevor Jones/Matthew Chavez, Niwot, def. Walker Uyemura/Connor Clancy, Greeley Central, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 doubles — Michael Dematteo/Colin Forke, Niwot, def. Preston Rupple/Jerod Mose, Greeley Central, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 4 doubles — Isaac Ng/Peter Graham, Niwot, def. Alex Adams/Zach Sanford, Greeley Central, 6-4, 6-4.
Class 5A, Region 4
GRAND JUNCTION — After one day at the Class 5A Region 4 tournament the Monarch tennis team has one of its members qualified for the state tournament and an opportunity for more players to do the same when play resumes on Friday.
Derek Wright was the first Coyote to punch his ticket to state, winning the championship match at No. 3 singles. Wright battled back to knock off Aaron Gossage from Grand Junction in the final by a score of 6-7(7-5), 6-4, 6-4.
The Coyotes had several other members reach the finals as well. Jason Nguyen lost in the championship match at No. 2 singles after falling ill in the second set and being forced to retire. The tandem of Seth Widner and Jake Ferry also had a shot at the regional title in No. 2 doubles, but came up short to a Grand Junction squad by the score of 6-2, 6-3.
Despite those losses, MoHi still has an outside shot at earning trips to state in those spots. Grand Junction Central takes on Fruita Monument in third place matches in both No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles. Should Central win either of those matches, both slated for early Friday, then the corresponding Monarch squad or squads would take on Central in a playback later in the day with a berth at state on the line.
The MHS No. 3 and No. 4 doubles teams will be playing in third-place matches Friday, though neither team has a chance to make it to state at this point in the tourney.
At Colorado Mesa University
No. 1 singles — Jacob Lapkin, Grand Junction, def. Matt Harris, Fruita Monument, 6-4, 6-1.
No. 2 singles — Daniel Ness, Grand Junction, def. Jason Nguyen, Monarch, 6-1, 1-0 (ret.).
No. 3 singles — Derek Wright, Monarch, def. Aaron Gossage, Grand Junction, 6-7(7-5), 6-4, 6-4.
No. 1 doubles — Max Proietti/Matt Prinston, Grand Junction, def. Gabriel Treucker/Kelson Reimer, Fruita, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 2 doubles — Matthew Ness/Brian List, Grand Junction, def. Seth Widner/Jake Ferry, Monarch, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 3 doubles — Ben Arja/Ian Hegstrom, Grand Junction, def. Blaine McCormick/Ben Bishop, Fruita Monument, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 4 doubles — Colton Reimer/Sam Graf, Fruita Monument, def. Jesse Hallman/Cobb, Palmer, 6-2, 6-1.
Class 4A, Region 2
ENGLEWOOD — The Peak to Peak tennis squad had two of its slots with an opportunity to qualify for the state tournament but ultimately came up short, finishing fourth as a team at the Class 4A Region 2 tennis tournament at Kent Denver.
The Pumas reached third place matches in five different slots as all three of their singles players and the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles slots made it as far. However, Peak was able to win just two of those matches, the first being No. 1 singles player Zhan Su’s 6-0, 6-3 win over D’Evelyn’s Tom Hudson. Eli Dunninger amd Maginot also earned the Pumas a victory at No. 3 doubles, knocking off Discovery Canyon 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Those wins gave Peak to Peak two chances to battle its way into the state playoff bracket via playback matches. But Su was unable to take down Discovery Canyon’s Luke Lorenz, who earned a 6-0, 6-2 win. Dunninger and Maginot also lost their playback match as a squad from D’Evelyn, which beat the Pumas by a score of 6-2, 6-0.
At Kent Denver
Team scores — Kent Denver 84, D’Evelyn 52, Discovery Canyon 44, Peak to Peak 18, Green Mountain 5, Bishop Machebeuf 0, Englewood 0.
Third place matches
No. 1 singles — Zhan Su, Peak to Peak, def. Tom Hudson, D’Evelyn, 6-0, 6-3.
No. 2 singles — Sam Heolsher, D’Evelyn, def. Michael Veocks, Peak to Peak, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 3 singles — Robert Olson, Discovery Canyon, def. Andre Maginot, Peak to Peak, 6-0, 6-4.
No. 1 doubles — Dimitri Paulis/Nischay Murthy, Discovery Canyon, def. Austin Crumb/Max Pironka, Green Mountain, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 2 doubles — Hunter Rowe/Zach Carpenter, Discovery Canyon, def. Adam Fistsimmons/Anthony Xue, Peak to Peak, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2.
No. 3 doubles — Eli Dunninger/Michael Maginot, Peak to Peak, def. Garrett Fulwider/Alex St. Clair, Discovery Canyon, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 4 doubles — Shalil Jain/Mike Wilson, Green Mountain, def. Ethan Street/Peter St. Clair, Discovery Canyon, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
No. 1 singles — Luke Lorenz, Discovery Canyon, def. Zhan Su, Peak to Peak, 6-0, 6-2.
No. 3 doubles — Spencer McKay/Ellis Murray, D’Evelyn, def. Eli Dunninger/Michale Maginot, Peak to Peak, 6-2, 6-0.
No. 4 doubles — Nik Gershwinter/Brad Meier, D’Evelyn, def. Shalil Jain/Mike Wilson, Green Mountain, 6-0, 6-0.
Class 5A, Region 7
DENVER — The Boulder High tennis team reached the finals in all seven spots of at the Class 5A Region 7 tournament, earning second place as a team and qualifying every member of its team for state save for one due to injury. Despite Regis Jesuit’s dominance throughout much of the final round, the Panthers won the necessary matches earlier in the tournament to ensure that runner-up finishes would earn trips to the state tournament.
Overland’s Draden Hoover knocked off the Panthers’ No. 1 singles player in Jackson Hawk by a score of 6-4, 6-3. Regis won the other two singles finals, defeating Cutter Esson and Connor Dawson at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. While Esson will be advancing to state, Dawson suffered a bad ankle sprain and will default his spot in the tournament to Littleton.
The Panthers fell in the finals of every doubles match to Regis. Ethan Anderson amd Arie Van Vuuren had a shot to surprise the Raiders at No. 1 after dropping the first set but battling to take the second. They were unable to complete the comeback though, ultimately falling 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
Boulder’s Jackson Feld and Dan Cleveland also put up a fight at No.4 doubles before dropping to Regis by a score of 6-4, 7-5.
At Colorado Athletic Club – Monaco
No. 1 singles — Draden Hoover, Overland, def. Jackson Hawk, Boulder, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 2 singles — Chanon Penvari, Regis, def. Cutter Esson, Boulder.
No. 3 singles — Erich Nuss, Regis, def. Connor Dawson, Boulder.
No. 1 doubles — Nate Root/Timmy D’Costa, Regis, def. Ethan Anderson/Arie van Vuuren, Boulder, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
No. 2 doubles — Joey Robertson/Tommy Koszwski, Regis, def. Scott Neville/Cole Smith, Boulder.
No. 3 doubles — Steven Bummer/Truett Davies, Regis, def. Aidan Mulligan/Kelby Woodard, Boulder.
No. 4 doubles — Alec Jotte/Luca Abbott, Regis, def. Dan Cleveland/Jackson Feld, Boulder, 6-4, 7-5.
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