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Aspen boys tennis heads for state tourney

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Add another note of history for the Aspen High School boys tennis team — circa 2015.

The Aspen Skiers, for the first time in history, qualified all 11 players for the State Tennis Championships, set for later this week in Pueblo.

The Skiers just missed winning a fourth consecutive regional championship at the qualifying tournament in Grand Junction last weekend.

"We had some chances but just couldn't close the deal in the end," Aspen coach Gary Quandt said. "The bright side is that this will be the first year in Aspen High School history that we are sending all 11 players to the state tournament, one of my goals at the beginning of the season."

Steamboat Springs eventually edged Aspen by 7 points at regionals.

Aspen's Alex Ilic won the regional title at No. 3 singles. He defeated Chase Adams of Steamboat Springs in a three-set final: 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

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The Skiers also won a regional title at No. 4 doubles. Chris Gregory and Cory Barel of Aspen defeated the Steamboat duo of Peter Wharton and Jack Pender in straight sets 6-2 6-2 in the championship match.

The Skiers, in the regional finals, lost to Steamboat at No. 2 singles when Charlie Smith topped Aspen's Henry Godfrey.

At No. 1 doubles, Steamboat pulled out a two-set win.

Steamboat won a three-set match at No. 2 doubles.

Dillon Leasure of the Skiers, with a big opening marathon victory over Steamboat at No. 1 singles, eventually finished second in the bracket. He lost to Durango's Fred Edwards in the regional final.

Quandt said the Skiers played through adversity this year to earn the trips to state.

Play at the state championships will begin Thursday at Pueblo City Park.

Regional finals

No. 1 singles: Dillon Leasure(Aspen) lost to Fred Edwards (Durango) 6-1, 6-3

No. 2 singles: Henry Godfrey (Aspen) lost to Charlie Smith (Steamboat Springs) 6-2, 6-3

No. 3 singles: Alex Ilic (Aspen defeated Chase Adams (Steamboat Springs) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

No. 1 doubles: Keegan Mehall/Gabriel Suarez (Aspen) lost to Matthew White/Joe Bogoerding (Steamboat Springs) 7-6, 6-2

No. 2 doubles: David Mondry/Andy Vernier (Aspen) lost to Ethan Paulus/Max Lynch (Steamboat Springs) 7-6, 4-6, 7-5

No. 3 doubles: Gage Carr/Victor Dunn (Aspen) lost to Nolan Connell/River Fox-Welch (Steamboat Springs) 6-2, 6-2

No. 4 doubles: Cory Barel/Chris Gregory (Aspen) defeated Jack Bender/Peter Wharton (Steamboat Springs) 6-2, 6-2

dstrode@aspetimes.com

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