Aspen High tennis opens with emphatic win |

Aspen High tennis opens with emphatic win

Aspen Times Staff Report

Despite soggy, wet conditions on the opening day of the 2003 season, the Aspen High School boys tennis team posted an emphatic seven-matches-to-none win over Hotchkiss on Saturday at the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club.

And all seven of Aspen’s varsity singles players and doubles pairs won against Hotchkiss opponents in straight sets, according to AHS coach Sherril Kerr.

“So that was a pretty good start – in between the rain, that is,” said Kerr. “But the clay saved us because it soaks up everything and dries pretty quick.”

German exchange student Lasse Siedenburg won at No. 1 singles, as did Glenn Engelman at No. 2 and Will Otte at No. 3.

Alex Wells and Max Redmond teamed up to win at No. 1 doubles. Logan Taylor and Noah Hoffman ran the table at No. 2, and Jason Wilson and Aaron Cummings, and Andy McCracken and Himata Rutger won at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

Yesterday, the AHS team traveled to face Cedaredge and today, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club (at the Aspen municipal golf course), Aspen hosts Montrose for its third match of the season.

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“It’s a very young, inexperienced team – we’ve got three freshmen playing and three sophomores as well, so out of eleven slots more than half of them are underclassmen. Everyone except for Alex [Wells] and Will [Otte] wasn’t on the varsity last year, so this is a big step up for everybody,” said Kerr.

“But they played smart and just kept it real simple” against Hotchkiss, the coach said.

Kerr said she is still working to finalize which players will play at what position this season, and what doubles pairs work best together.

“By the end of the week, we’ll have the pairs worked out. I’m just working to see who’s going to play best with who, and at what position,” the coach said. “It’s just minor stuff at this point.”

On Friday and Saturday, Aspen travels to the Delta County Tournament, where the team is likely to face stiff competition from Grand Junction-area teams.