Aspen tennis smashes Montrose |

Aspen tennis smashes Montrose

Behind a dominating 6-0, 6-0 win by Lasse Siedenburg in the No. 1 singles match, the Aspen High boys tennis team smashed Montrose six matches to one Wednesday afternoon at the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club.

It was Aspen’s third win in as many “dual matches” to date this season.

Siedenburg, 16, an exchange student from Dortmund, western Germany, made quick work of Montrose’s top singles player, senior Bill Erickson, finishing him off in straight games in less than an hour.

“He’s the second best kid I’ve played all year,” Erickson sighed after the match.

Siedenburg started playing tennis at age five or six. He ended up in Aspen on the recommendation of his brother, who was an exchange student in Nebraska.

“It’s a long story, but he came to Aspen on a ski trip from Nebraska and told me this was the place for me,” Siedenburg said. “Then it was all a matter of finding a host family. And he was right – I love it. It’s pretty nice.”

“What a lucky thing that he’s here playing with us,” added Aspen coach Sherill Kerr, “because he’s a really fine player.”

Aspen’s No. 2 and No. 3 singles players also won in straight sets Wednesday, with Glenn Engelmann winning 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2 and Will Otte carrying the day 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3.

Aspen’s No. 1 doubles pair of Alex Wells and Max Redmond were the only Aspen players who did not beat their opponents from Montrose. Wells and Redmond lost 6-3, 6-3. “They didn’t play their best today,” said Kerr.

Aspen’s No. 2 doubles pair, Logan Taylor and Noah Hoffman, won 6-4, 6-2; Aspen’s No. 3 doubles team of Jason Wilson and Aaron Cummings won 6-2, 6-1; and Aspen’s No. 4 pair of Andy McCracken and Himata Rutger won 6-0, 6-2.

Today Aspen travels to Delta for another “dual match” against Cortez, and on Friday and Saturday the Aspen team will compete in the Delta County Tournament. The tourney is expected to draw about six other schools, including traditional powers like Grand Junction Central and Fruita Monument.

“This will be their biggest test so far, but they’re playing well,” Kerr said. “They’re really solid right now, they’re smart and they’re playing percentage tennis.”

Siedenburg concurred.

“I’m hoping to see some good players there,” the AHS junior said, “and I like our chances right now.”

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