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Boys tennis notebook: Monarch defeats Broomfield in top-20 matchup

  • Broomfield's Kai Trujillo competes in the No. 1 singles match...

    Broomfield's Kai Trujillo competes in the No. 1 singles match against Monarch at Monarch High School on Thursday afternoon. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)

  • Monarchs' Luke Jensen, front, tries to respond to a shot...

    Monarchs' Luke Jensen, front, tries to respond to a shot from Broomfield's Kai Trujillo during their No. 1 singles match at Monarch High School on Thursday afternoon.

  • Monarch's Garrett Winklebauer competes in the No. 1 doubles match...

    Monarch's Garrett Winklebauer competes in the No. 1 doubles match against Broomfield at Monarch High School on Thursday afternoon.

  • Broomfield's Holden Walker competes in the No. 1 doubles match...

    Broomfield's Holden Walker competes in the No. 1 doubles match against Monarch at Monarch High School on Thursday afternoon.

  • Broomfield's Alex Patrick competes in the No. 3 single match...

    Broomfield's Alex Patrick competes in the No. 3 single match against Monarch at Monarch High School on Thursday afternoon.

  • Monarch's Callum Conaghan competes against Broomfield in the No. 2...

    Monarch's Callum Conaghan competes against Broomfield in the No. 2 singles match at Monarch High School on Thursday afternoon. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)

  • Monarch's Brodik Howe competes in the No. 1 doubles match...

    Monarch's Brodik Howe competes in the No. 1 doubles match against Broomfield at Monarch High School on Thursday afternoon.

  • Broomfield's Ryder Pierce competes in the No. 2 singles match...

    Broomfield's Ryder Pierce competes in the No. 2 singles match against Monarch at Monarch High School on Thursday afternoon.

  • Monarch's Luke Jensen competes in the No. 1 singles match...

    Monarch's Luke Jensen competes in the No. 1 singles match against Broomfield at Monarch High School on Thursday afternoon.

  • Monarch's Clay Hafner competes in the No. 3 single match...

    Monarch's Clay Hafner competes in the No. 3 single match against Broomfield at Monarch High School on Thursday afternoon.

  • Broomfield's Cam MacLennan competes in the No. 1 doubles match...

    Broomfield's Cam MacLennan competes in the No. 1 doubles match against Monarch at Monarch High School on Thursday afternoon.

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LOUISVILLE — A top-three matchup between No. 1 singles players always seems to bring an air of excitement, no matter what time of the year that match falls on.

On Thursday at Monarch,  Broomfield’s Kai Trujillo — Class 5A’s third-ranked player at the top slot according to MaxPreps — brushed off a tough 7-5 first-set victory over No. 2 Luke Jensen of Monarch, only to use that momentum to breeze to a 6-2 win in the second set.

The victory continued an impressive streak for the Broomfield junior, who’s only dropped one match during tournament play so far this season. Jensen, a senior, has kept up his intensity as well with a 7-3 overall record.

“He’s what we call a counter-puncher,” Jensen said of Trujillo. “But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. What a counter-puncher is is someone that they kind of falls back in the corner and they hit you high, loopy balls to push you back. It’s really defensive. I usually do well against that, but Kai is just a very good counter-puncher.”

Thursday’s competition between the Coyotes and Eagles set up a battle between two teams ranked in CHSAANow.com’s 5A coaches poll. Monarch, now 5-0 in dual play, rang in at No. 9 in the classification as Broomfield, now 5-2, sat at No. 19.

Monarch has proven strong amid tough competition so far this season as they recently defeated No. 10 Fairview in a tight 4-3 decision. The road forward won’t get any easier for Broomfield, however, with Boulder and Silver Creek just around the corner.

Trujillo believes his performance against Jensen is a step in the right direction and hopes that momentum can carry him far this season.

“This match, I was thinking about all day, the past week,” Trujillo said. “Our second half of the season is much tougher. We got Rocky Mountain (on Friday), so I think a win is a boost of motivation and confidence. Hopefully, I can take this going on forward and just keep on playing my tennis.”

Other results from Thursday:

2 singles: Callum Conaghan (Monarch) def. Ryder Pierce (Broomfield) 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1)

3 singles: Clay Hafner (Monarch) def. Alex Patrick (Broomfield) 6-2, 6-1

1 doubles: Cam MacLennan/Holden Walker (Broomfield) def. Garrett Winklebauer/Brodik Howe (Monarch) 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)

2 doubles: Kevin Vorlage/Tate Middleton (Monarch) def. Henry Vanderberg/Joseph Buschmann (Broomfield) 6-3, 7-6 (11-9)

3 doubles: Jackson DeAndrea/Troy Gomes (Monarch) def. Chris Ho/Aaron Fink (Broomfield) 6-2, 6-3

4 doubles: Ben Willcutt/Aidan Swett (Monarch) def. Mike Walter/Teddy Darkey (Broomfield) 6-2, 6-2

Legacy (4-4) vs. Fairview (2-4)

The 10th-ranked Knights have faced some tough competition already this season, and Tuesday’s dual against the eighth-ranked Lightning was no different. The Knights ultimately won the dual with a 5-2 final to improve their team record to 2-4 as the Lightning fell to 4-4.

1 singles: Caden Bell (Fairview) def. Trae Bury (Legacy) 6-0, 6-0

2 singles: Noah Klein (Legacy) def. Rafa Volkamer-Pastor (Fairview) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0

3 singles: Noah Bodner (Fairview) def. Alex Anthony (Legacy) 5-7, 7-6, (10-5)

1 doubles: David Tran/Sam Law (Legacy) def. Ben Mei Dan/Richie Boston (Fairview) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

2 doubles: Jake Boston/Charlie Gomulka (Fairview) def. David Johnson/Logan Livermore (Legacy) 6-0, 6-2

3 doubles: Loic Master/Theo Myers (Fairview) def. Jared Cullison/Karsen Barnes (Legacy) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

4 doubles: Cecil Carroll/Ian Schwartz (Fairview) def. Greg Waggoner/Navon Kulprathipanja (Legacy) 6-2, 6-2

Longmont (3-2) vs. Silver Creek (1-4)

The Trojans have managed fairly well through dual play this season, as the Raptors still search for win number two. The teams began their dual on Thursday afternoon before the weather delayed it to Friday. Longmont won 6-1.

1 singles: Henry Harshbarger (Longmont) def. Nick Selleck (SC) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

2 singles: Wyatt Saunders (Longmont) def. Nate Hansen (SC) 6-1, 6-4

3 singles: Jake Bator (SC) def. Luke Riddle (Longmont) 2-6, 6-0, 6-4

1 doubles: Andrew Brown/Andrew Kujawa (Longmont) def. David Ortiz/ Chaya Ngampatipatpong (SC) 6-3, 6-2

2 doubles: Owen Jones/Jack Kujawa (Longmont) def. Liam Paul/Caleb Shaw (SC) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

3 doubles: Miles Walcott/Lukas Selleck (Longmont) def. Noah Williams/Ashton Ballingham (SC) 6-4, 6-2

4 doubles: Jesse Arnt/Ben Champe (Longmont) def. Casper Garcia/Cooper Herchert (SC) 7-5, 6-2

Peak to Peak (5-1) vs. Erie (5-4)

The Pumas have put together a strong season to date, winning five of six duals and finishing third at Centaurus’ invitational, and continued that trend with a 6-1 win over Erie on Wednesday. Erie has held its own for the most part but has struggled to make much headway against some of the stronger programs.

1 singles: Derek Toth (P2P) def. Oliver Nguyen (Erie) 3-6, 6-2, 6-0

2 singles: Ben Swartz (P2P) def. Matteo Bly (Erie) 6-2, 1-0 (ret)

3 singles: Cameron Patt (Erie) def. Dhruv Shajikumar (P2P) 7-5, 6-4

1 doubles: Bill Chang/Caleb Harris (P2P) def. Ethan Graham/Josh Banks (Erie) 7-6, 6-0

2 doubles: Atticus Phillips/Copland LaBerge (P2P) def. Hibiki Watanabe/Braden Knight (Erie) 6-2, 6-0

3 doubles: Sam Mitchell/David Pyun (P2P) def. Ian McGuire/Logan Knode (Erie) 6-0, 6-1

4 doubles: Devon Hamm/Owen Kolachov (P2P) def. Henry Stem/Joe Green (Erie) 6-2, 6-4

Centaurus (3-1)

The Warriors continue to impress in competition, defeating three of four teams they’ve faced in duals and finishing second out of seven teams at their own varsity tournament on Aug. 26. Most recently, they defeated Windsor 6-1.

1 singles: Stephen Zakany won 6-2, 6-2

2 singles: Dexy Payne won 6-2, 6-1

3 singles: Joey Hultgren won 6-4, 6-4

1 doubles: Ty Stroud/Jack Manning won 7-5, 7-5

2 doubles: Julian Piccolini/Zach Gablehouse won 6-3, 6-3

3 doubles: Braden Keller/Finn Moriarity lost 6-7(3), 6-4, 4-6

4 doubles: Aidon Boll/Axel Bodin won 6-0, 6-1

Frederick (4-4)

The Golden Eagles, ranked No. 16 in Class 4A, have been able to split success with the eight teams they’ve already faced, and faced Mountain View most recently on Tuesday, winning 6-1.

1 singles: Matteo Tavagnacco won 6-1, 6-3

2 singles: Josiah Brittenham won 6-4, 6-4

3 singles: Shawn Gippe lost 7-5, 5-7, 3-6

1 doubles: Chris Bates/Bridger Burnham won 6-4, 6-1

2 doubles: Coner Rothe/ Jay Ybanez won 6-0, 6-0

3 doubles: Caleb Luedke/Aydan Thomas won by default

4 doubles: Spencer Lucas/Steven Liang Wu won by default

Boulder (4-0)

The Panthers weren’t ranked in this week’s CHSAANow.com team rankings, but they should get a good look from coaches when the polls come out next week. Boulder, undefeated, took down No. 28 Northglenn with ease in a 7-0 win on Thursday afternoon.

1 singles: Danny Benjamin won 6-0, ret.

2 singles: Ezra Doherty won 6-0, 6-0

3 singles: Will Curl won 6-0, 6-0

1 doubles: Andre Parham/Chase Lewis won 6-1, 6-0

2 doubles: Henry Radoff/Blake Curl won 6-0, 6-1

3 doubles: Leo Damrauer/Bruno Damrauer won 6-0, 6-0

4 doubles: Hayden Cobb/Nick Watson won 6-0, 6-9, 6-0

Niwot (6-2)

The Cougars, ranked No. 8 in Class 4A, suffered their second dual loss of the season at the hands of No. 12 Cheyenne Mountain in a 2-5 setback on Thursday afternoon, and two lightning delays didn’t help matters much.

1 singles: Luke Weber (Niwot) def. Andre Ballenger (CM) 6-1, 6-2

2 singles: LiChen Liao (Niwot) def. Steven Zhou (CM) 7-5, 6-4

3 singles: Zach Sartain (CM) def. Charlie Kirtland (Niwot) 1-6, 7-5, 10-7

1 doubles: Hank Walsh/Matt Peterson (CM) def. Sebastian Moy/Oskar Hansen (Niwot) 5-7, 6-1, 11-9

2 doubles: Tyler Blixt/Johnson Peng (CM) def. Ryan Gray/Kyle Davidson (Niwot) 6-1, 6-1

3 doubles: Cameron Ford/Patrick Gibbs (CM) def. Tyler Chivukula/Ollie Jones (Niwot) 6-4, 6-0

4 doubles: Jake Schultz/Patrick Barker (CM) def. Rex Wallington/Lauritz Stranzenback (Niwot) 6-0, 6-0

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