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Skiers smash Montrose at Maroon Creek; eye dual with Sailors

Nate Peterson

Aspens Glen Engelmann makes a return during a match against Montrose on Tuesday at the Maroon Creek Club. The Skiers won the dual, 5-2. (Mark Fox/The Aspen Times)

The outdoor tennis courts at the Aspen Golf Club got washed out because of rain Tuesday, so the Aspen tennis team’s dual meet with Montrose got moved to the Maroon Creek Club.There, the Skiers washed out the visiting Indians, 5-2.

No. 1 singles player Sean Chatellard was dominant in a 6-2, 6-3 win over Brett Plankis. Chatellard’s first serves were too much for his opponent. That is, when the serves were in play. Chatellard struggled with bouts of double faults, which kept Plankis in the match at times. Afterward, the Aspen junior admitted he needs to find more consistency if he is to fulfill his goal of making it to state this season. The win over Plankis was nice, because it was Plankis who knocked him out in a tight three-set match last fall at the Western Slope regional. But there’s still a lot of room for improvement, he said.”I just changed my serve,” Chatellard said. “I hit a lot of really strong serves and that helped me a lot. When it was a good serve, it led to easy points. I just need to be more consistent.”The surface at the Maroon Creek Club has less give than the team’s home courts at the Aspen Golf Club, and Chatellard said that took some getting used to. The balls were moving a lot faster Tuesday, which made for few long rallies.

The team win was also an important step for Aspen’s team goal of making it to state. Head coach Sherill Kerr expects Montrose and Steamboat Springs to be the two teams to pose the biggest challenge at the regional, so it was nice to win the early head-to-head Tuesday. The Skiers, who are now 7-1 in dual matches, travel to Eagle on Saturday to play Steamboat’s Sailors, who won the regional last year.”We’re gonna see what we’ve got,” Kerr said. “If we can beat them at some positions, that would be great. Steamboat is a really good team.”The Skiers’ other two singles players also picked up wins Tuesday. No. 2 King Koehler won in straight sets over Drew Schrum, 6-3, 6-1, and No. 3 Glen Engelmann beat Sean Gueck, 7-6, 6-4. Aspen split in the doubles matchups. The No. 2 doubles tandem of Aaron Cummins and Ryan Dunn took a tough three-set match against Austin Manek and Eric Wieland. Dunn and Cummins won the first game, 6-2, then lost by the same result in the second, which led to a hard-fought 7-6 tiebreaker win in the third.

The No. 3 doubles team of Stephen Boenning and Chris Taylor also won a tough three-set match against Montrose’s Ken Nunez and Andrew Kintz, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6.The No. 1 doubles tandem of Cole Green-Smith and Logan Taylor lost to James Nunez and Sterling Parks, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6. Aspen’s No. 4 doubles outfit of Nathan Work and Remy Pearlstone lost in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.With the win, the Skiers picked up their eighth team victory this season. Aspen’s other win – aside from dual competition – came at the Delta tournament. The Skiers also finished third at the Fountain Valley tournament in Colorado Springs.Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is npeterson@aspentimes.com