Aspen High wins tennis showdown over Grand Junction
The Aspen Times
The Aspen Skiers won the rematch of the tennis titans Thursday.
The Aspen High School boys tennis team defeated Grand Junction 4-3 at the Aspen Tennis Club, reversing an earlier decision with the Tigers topped the Skiers in Grand Junction.
““We’ve really been working on our doubles teams,” Aspen head coach Gary Quandt said after the sun-soaked victory Thursday afternoon. “Our singles are solid, and we’re improving.”
The Skiers won two of three singles matches against the Tigers.
Henry Godfrey of Aspen defeated Carl Hegstrom of Grand Junction 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.
Aspen’s Alex Ilic topped Luke Aubert of the Tigers 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3.
Aspen also won a two-set match at No. 2 doubles.
David Mondry teamed with Andy Vernier to beat Ryan Bowen and Sam Shaver 7-6 (7-4 tiebreaker), 6-1.
At No. 4 doubles, Aspen’s Cory Barel and Chris Gregory won 6-0, 6-4 over Tommy Mahre and Elijah Crick of Grand Junction.
Grand Junction won at No. 1 singles when Jacob Lapkin defeated Dillon Leasure 6-3, 6-4.
The Tigers also won at No. 1 doubles. Ian Hegstrom and Matt Miller of the Tigers beat Aspen’s Keegan Mehall and Gabe Suarez 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
And at No. 3 doubles, Sam Welling and Colton Prout of Grand Junction.topped Victor Dunn and Gage Carr of Aspen 6-3, 7-5.
“We beat Grand Junction for the first time last year,” Quandt said. “For us, it’s about winning matches. We did that.”
He said he knew the Skiers would have a good opportunity to beat the Tigers on Aspen’s home clay courts at the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club.
The Skiers will hit the road again this weekend for matches at Vail Mountain School.
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From his first World Cup podium at Beaver Creek in 2006 through his world championship gold in 2015 at the same venue, his skis have always come and gone across the snow like lightning — Ligety-split.