Aspen boys tennis team wins regional title
The Aspen Times
These Skiers are regional champions.
And they are on their way to state.
The Aspen High School boys tennis team won the Region 8 championship in Grand Junction least weekend, retaining the title they won a year ago.
Aspen won with 71 points. Durango was second with 58 points.
Steamboat Springs finished third with 47 points.
Coach Gary Quandt’s Skiers qualified 10 of 11 players for the State Tennis Championships in Pueblo, starting Thursday.
“The Aspen doubles teams swept the regionals by winning at all four positions,” Quandt said of Aspen’s dominating performance in Grand Junction last weekend.
At No. 1 doubles, Rocky Tschappat and Gordon Carr defeated Steamboat Springs, 6-0, 6-2, for the title.
“That was their best match of the season,” assistant coach Steve Sands said.
The No.2 doubles team of Victor Robinson and Matt Lambert lost only seven games in three matches. They defeated Durango, 6-1, 6-3, in the finals.
The No. 3 doubles team of Alex Reagan and Grant Goodman had to go three set against Steamboat Springs to win the championships. The Skiers eventually won, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
The No. 4 doubles team of Keegan Mehall and Andy Vernier swept through the final, 6-3, 6-3.
“They played smart tennis,” Quandt said. “They played smart tennis the whole season.”
In singles, Brad Broeking finished second at No. 2 singles to advance to state. He lost a 7-5, 6-1 final to Durango.
“Brad had lost earlier in the season to the same Durango player,” Quandt said. “But he put in a much-improved performance against him this time around.”
Henry Godfrey, of Aspen, also finished second at regionals to advance to state. He lost in the final, 6-3, 0-6, 6-1 to Steamboat.
At No. 1 singles, Dylan Behr finished third. In playbacks, he defeated Steamboat Springs, 7-5, 7-6. But in the final playback for the final position at state, he fell to Vail Christian.
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