Aspen tennis wins first-ever tournament |

Aspen tennis wins first-ever tournament

Tim Mutrie
Aspen Times Staff Writer

By winning five of seven position titles at the Delta County Invitational Tournament Friday and Saturday, the Aspen High School boys tennis team captured its first-ever tournament championship.

Aspen’s No. 1, 2 and 3 singles players and its No. 3 and 4 doubles pairs won their respective divisions to lift Aspen to the historic first.

“It’s not that big a deal, but it’s a big deal for us,” said Aspen coach Sherril Kerr. “And everybody had to win once they got to the finals in order for us to pull it out.

“The kids were pumped, jazzed, whatever the word is these days, that’s the attitude they had.”

Grand Junction Central finished second in the seven-team Delta event.

Aspen’s No. 1 singles player, junior Lasse Siedenburg, lost only a single game en route to the tourney championship. “He was smart, patient and so smooth,” said Kerr. “He’s a pleasure to watch.”

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Aspen’s No. 2 and 3 singles players, Glenn Engelmann and Will Otte, respectively, and Aspen’s No. 3 and 4 doubles pairs, Jason Wilson and Max Redmond and Andy McCracken and Himata Rutger, respectively, also won their positions at the Delta tourney.

“They all played technically very sound. They played really well and they finished in style, and it should give them a lot of confidence going into next week,” Kerr said.

Aspen’s No. 2 doubles pair of Logan Taylor and Noah Hoffman finished third, and Aspen’s No. 1 doubles team of Alex Wells and Aaron Cummings finished sixth.

Last Thursday, also in Delta, Aspen beat Cortez in a “dual match” 6-1, bringing the team’s season record to 4-0 in dual play against other high schools, plus one tournament victory in as many tries to date.

This Friday and Saturday Aspen travels to Grand Junction for the Western Slope Tournament at Grand Junction Central High School. Several top Class 5A programs are expected to round out the field of 18 schools, including Grand Junction and GJ Central, Cherry Creek, Littleton, Mullen, Niwot, Ralston Valley, Fruita and Steamboat Springs, Kerr said.

But first, on Thursday in Grand Junction, Aspen will play another “dual match” against Durango, a team that is also entered in the tourney, like Aspen.

“The caliber of player jumps up dramatically this weekend,” Kerr said.

“It’s gonna be great for the guys to see some of the competition they’ll face at the state tournament, but I also feel pretty optimistic about our chances,” Kerr said. “And this will also give us our first chance to see Steamboat, which at this point, is our only real challenge in our league.”