Aspen tennis sweeps Cedaredge, goes to 5-1
ASPEN On its home courts Tuesday afternoon, Aspens varsity tennis team looked like an outfit ready to challenge rival Steamboat Springs for a regional title.That was lousy news for visiting Cedaredge. The Skiers prepared for their biggest regular season match of the season Saturday at Steamboat Springs by having their way with the young Bruins, winning all seven matches to claim their fifth team victory of the season.The most competitive match of the afternoon was at No. 1 singles, where Aspen freshman Bryan Mehall dropped a combined five games in a victory (6-3, 6-2) over Cedaredges top singles player.Past that, this wasnt much of a tune-up. In the six other matches, Aspen dropped only two games combined. Aspens other two singles players freshman No. 2 Taylor Lambert and sophomore No. 3 Michael Willsky didnt drop a game in their straight-sets victories. The same went for Aspens first two doubles teams. Senior Paul Young and junior Kyle Feuer won 12 straight games for a victory at No. 1 doubles, as did senior Cole Green-Smith and junior Luke Pratte at No. 2 doubles.At No. 3 doubles, Aspens Nic Broeking and Alex Smith lost just one game in the first set and cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win. So, too, did Aspen senior Tobie Tzsuki and junior Nick Fuller at No. 4 doubles.Theyre a real young team, Aspen coach Sherril Kerr said of the Bruins. They havent had a varsity team for a couple of years and it showed.Tuesdays win gave Aspen its fifth straight league victory. The Skiers only loss came in a non-league dual against 5A Grand Junction Central. Aspen was also impressive at its lone invite this season, the 18-team Western Slope Open in Grand Junction on Sept. 5 and 6.Mehall and Willsky claimed wins in their respective singles consolation brackets, and Green-Smith and Pratte lost in the No. 2 doubles consolation final.The Skiers now face their toughest four matches of the regular season. Theyll play both Steamboat Springs the defending regional champion and Alexander Dawson on Saturday at Steamboat Springs, before hosting Evergreen and Denver East on Sept. 27.Saturday will be a good test for us for those following two matches, Kerr said. I think its perfect. We get four tough matches at the end of the season to get us ready for regionals.
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