Aspen tennis picks up three wins at state |

Aspen tennis picks up three wins at state

The Aspen tennis team could not keep its momentum going.

Five days after outlasting 14-time reigning champion Steamboat Springs to claim a regional title, the Skiers struggled in Thursday’s early rounds at the 4A state tournament in Pueblo. Aspen’s two singles players and four doubles squads lost six of nine matches.

No. 2 singles standout Dylan Behr, who was instrumental in helping the Skiers outlast Steamboat last week, started strong at Pueblo City Park. He cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Evergreen’s Paul Clancy.

Things did not go quite as well for the sophomore against Niwot’s Spencer Lang, who rolled to a 6-2, 6-1 win in the quarterfinals.

Aspen’s No. 3 singles player, Brad Broeking, encountered similar circumstances. After opening with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Golden’s Logan Hulet, The junior struggled against Kent Denver’s Kevin Adams, winning just two games in a straight-sets defeat.

At No. 3 doubles, Grant Goodman and Jarod Malnik shook off a 2-6, first-set loss with 6-4 and 7-6 wins against Broomfield’s Will McShane and Ben Stevens. The Skiers’ quarterfinal bout ended much quicker, as Cheyenne Mountain’s Colt Sessions and Carsten Lux won 12 of 14 games to move on.

Cheyenne Mountain proved to be too much to handle for Aspen at No. 1 doubles, too. Cole Benson and Austin Hampton cruised past Henry Godfrey and Gordon Carr, 6-1, 6-0, in the opening round. Michael Mondry and Alex Reagan also lost their opener at No. 4 doubles, while teammates Rocky Tschappat and Devon Cardamone pushed Alexander Dawson’s Jackson Kegel and Azur Ali to three sets before coming up short.

Skiers head coach Rob Simpson could not be reached for comment.

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