Tennis: Aspen High third at Lowry Bishop Invite
August 28, 2016
Aspen High School boys tennis coach Gary Quandt already knew the strength of his singles players entering the Lowry Bishop Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction.
Now, after the Skiers' third-place showing in an eight-team field over the weekend, he has a better grasp of what his doubles teams are capable of.
"We are getting closer to what our doubles is going to be. That was kind of the goal going there," Quandt said. "Our singles had a great showing again, but the doubles is still a learning process. But we are getting closer."
Aspen went 3-1 in its four matches to finish behind tournament champion Fossil Ridge and second-place Steamboat Springs.
Junior Dillon Leasure, who did not play in the season-opening 5-2 win at Fruita Monument last week, went 4-0 over the two days and was named the tournament champion at No. 2 singles. The No. 3 doubles team of Chris Gregory and George Gahil went 3-1 to take second overall, as did Alex Ilic at No. 3 singles. Aspen's No. 1 singles player Matthew Lambert went 4-0 but finished third overall based on total games played.
The Skiers' three match wins came against Grand Junction Central (6-1), tournament host Fruita Monument (5-2) and Grand Junction (4-3). The lone loss was a 5-2 defeat to tournament champion Fossil Ridge, the two wins coming from Lambert and Leasure in the top two singles matches.
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"They were definitely the cream of the crop," Quandt said of Fossil Ridge. "Matt and Dillon won it in one and two singles, but they were much deeper than we were. So, they won everything else down the line."
Aspen, 4-1 in matches this season after the weekend's tournament, will host two matches this week at the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club. Grand Junction High School will visit Aspen for a 3:30 p.m. match Tuesday, the Skiers' home opener. On Thursday it will be host Aspen against Grand Junction Central at 4 p.m.