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Fairview’s Rafa Volkamer-Pastor hits a return shot in a No. 2 singles match against Boulder on Tuesday at the FHS courts. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)
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Rafa Volkamer-Pastor had been waiting all year for his rematch against Boulder.

On Tuesday afternoon on Fairview’s courts, the Fairview senior took out Boulder senior Ezra Doherty in a No. 2 singles match that saw a very competitive first set and a final 6-4, 6-2 score. Now a year older and wiser, he was ready to put his court skills to the test.

“Ezra’s a really good player. I know he plays a lot of tournaments so I knew he was going to be good. I tried to keep the ball in and I think it worked, but I think next time we meet, it’s going to be a lot closer,” Volkamer-Pastor said. “Last year, I was playing doubles and I actually also played Ezra. They absolutely destroyed us two times in a row so I really wanted to revenge this time.”

Volkamer-Pastor said he tried focusing on his net game to help out his stamina, but ended up grinding it out from the baseline. Doherty certainly made him work for every point.

“I don’t think I played my best,” Doherty said. “I feel like I could definitely do better, but it happens. Rafa played really well. I learn from my losses, so that’s fine.”

The Knights, who entered this week at No. 5 in CHSAANow.com’s Class 5A team rankings, ended up winning the dual, 7-0, to hand the Panthers their first loss of the season.

From left: Boulder High School's Andre ...
From left: Boulder’s Andre Parham celebrates a point with Chase Lewis in a No. 1 doubles match against Fairview on Tuesday. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

Prior to their match at Fairview, the Panthers had won all of their duals against currently ranked teams, having gone 7-0 against No. 15 Heritage, taking down No. 8 Legacy 6-1, defeating No. 9 Fort Collins 4-3 and completely shutting out No. 29 Northglenn and No. 20 Greeley West.

“I think we made a smart lineup this year, which really helps,” Doherty said. “I think our lineup, and just team bonding in general, is really what pushed us to be undefeated.”

What do the Panthers have to do to earn a little respect?

The Knights, now 4-3, have played on another level after collecting losses to 4A’s top-ranked Kent Denver, 5A’s No. 2 Cherry Creek and No. 11 Monarch.

On the other courts, Fairview’s Caden Bell defeated Boulder’s Danny Benjamin 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles and Fairview’s Noah Bodner beat out Boulder’s Will Curl 6-1, 6-4 at 3 singles. All of Fairview’s doubles teams also collected wins, starting with Richie Boston/Ben Mei Dan over Andre Parham/Chase Lewis at No. 1 doubles in a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 campaign.

Jake Boston/Charlie Gomulka made quick work of Blake Curl/Henry Radoff at 2 doubles in a 6-2, 6-2 finish as Theo Meyers/Loic Masters took a bit more effort to put Bruno Damrauer/Leo Damrauer away at 3 doubles with 6-4, 6-2 scores. Cecil Carroll/Ian Schwartz rounded out Fairview’s doubles effort at the No. 4 spot with a final score of 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.

The Panthers will face two more tough teams this week in No. 17 Broomfield and Monarch as Fairview prepares to take on Northglenn before competing in the Ralston Valley Invitational.

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