Aspen High boys tennis team to host Hotchkiss on Tuesday

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Aspen High School boys tennis team is back on the courts Tuesday.

The Skiers will host Hotchkiss at 3 p.m. at the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club for singles and doubles matches.

The Skiers will be home again Thursday when Grand Junction High School visits for a 3 p.m. date in Aspen.

The AHS boys tennis team traveled to Grand Junction twice last week. First, the Skiers played a dual against Grand Junction Central.

Then, they played in the Western Slope Tennis Tournament, hosted by Colorado Mesa University.

The Skiers opened with a 7-0 win over Central.

Singles players Dillon Leasure, Henry Godfrey and Alex Ilic all won by the score of 6-1, 6-0. Aspen also swept the doubles.

In the tournament, the players were flighted in groups.

Sixteen teams competed, many Class 5A schools from the Front Range. Aspen finished eight.

“I was very happy with our team results,” head coach Gary Quandt said. “Especially since most of our opponents were (from) much larger schools.”

At No. 1 singles, Leasure beat players from Regis Jesuit, Littleton and Columbine, losing to Durango and Mountain Vista.

No. 2 singles, Godfrey defeated players from Grand Junction and Dakota Ridge and lost to Regis Jesuit and Mountain Vista.

No. 3 singles player Ilic lost to a Denver East player before winning against Columbine, Arvada West, Mountain Vista and Regis Jesuit.

The No. 1 doubles team of Keegan Mehall and Gabe Suarez defeated teams from Mountain Vista, Fruita, Grand Junction and lost to Regis and Heritage.

The No. 2 doubles team of Andy Vernier and David Mondry defeated teams from Littleton, Steamboat Springs and Ralston Valley before losing to Regis and Heritage.

At No. 3 doubles, Aspen defeated teams from Littleton and Central and lost to Steamboat and Grand Junction.

The No. 4 doubles team defeated teams from Durango, Dakota Ridge and Littleton before losing to Arvada West and Chatfield.

The Skiers, weather permitting, will host home matches this week against Hotchkiss on Tuesday and Grand Junction on Thursday.

Both matches will start at 3 p.m. at the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club.

Spectators are invited.

The Skiers then travel to Steamboat Springs Friday for a three way matches against Steamboat and Vail.