AHS ready for regionals
Having completed their regular-season league schedule at 6-1, the Aspen High boys tennis team opens the Class 4A Western Slope Regional Tournament today in Steamboat Springs with high expectations.But only the top two finishers in each of the seven positions at regionals, No. 1 singles or No. 3 doubles, for example, advance to next weekend’s Class 4A state tournament in Pueblo.
Preliminary matches are slated for today with the finals on deck for Saturday.”The bottom line is, get the ball back over the net the last time,” joked Aspen coach Sherril Kerr. “That’s what we’ve got to do.”The Aspen team includes Sean Chatellard, Glen Engelman and Logan Taylor at the No. 1, 2 and 3 singles positions, respectively. Andy MacCracken and Aaron Cummins make up the No. 1 doubles team, with Jason Wilson and Chris Taylor at No. 2, Max Redmond and Tim Cashel at No. 3 and Remy Pearlstone and A.J. Smollen at No. 4.
The regional tournament features six teams, including host Steamboat Springs, the defending regional tourney champion and the only team to beat Aspen during the regular season.”The kids have been working hard, and they’re looking forward to the competition,” Kerr said Thursday. “I feel good about our chances.”
The tournament does feature “playback” matches, meaning players may still advance to the state tournament even if they don’t advance to the finals.”It all depends on who beats who and what side of the bracket you’re on,” said Kerr. “It’s a little complicated, so we just focus on winning every match. But it is possible to sneak into states through the backdoor.”
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