No love for AHS tennis team at regional tourney
The Aspen High boys tennis team finished third at the six-team Class 4A Western Slope Regional Tournament Friday and Saturday in Steamboat Springs, but for the first time in a while, no Aspen players qualified for the upcoming Class 4A state tournament.”We got some seconds and thirds and fourths, and we lost some really close playback matches, but we didn’t pull out any spots to go to states,” said Aspen coach Sherril Kerr. “And that’s quite a surprise.””Since I’ve been coaching we’ve always had at least one player and as many as eight or nine, and we’ve enjoyed quite a run at the state tournament,” she continued. “But we worked hard and we played hard and we had some tough draws, but that’s not the reason we lost the matches. Not playing well was [the reason]. But we had a good attitude and we learned a whole new lesson about losing, and I’m not liking that very much.”Steamboat won the team calculation with Montrose finished “a distant second,” according to Kerr. Only the top two finishers in each of the seven positions qualified for the state tournament.Aspen’s No. 1 doubles pair of Andy MacCracken and Aaron Cummins advanced to the finals and lost a close three-set match for the title. Then, the duo lost a playback match for the right to advance to the state tournament as the No. 2 regional finisher.Aspen’s No. 1 singles player Sean Chatellard finished fourth, while No. 2 and No. 3 singles players, Glen Engelman and Logan Taylor, respectively, both took third.Aspen’s No. 2 doubles team of Jason Wilson and Chris Taylor took fourth; Aspen’s No. 3 doubles pair of Max Redmond and Tim Cashel finished third; and the No. 4 pair of Remy Pearlstone and A.J. Smollen finished fourth.”We’d worked hard and thought we were well prepared,” said Kerr. “It was tough, though. It just didn’t bounce our way.”One of the things they do realize now is that they have to play year-round,” the coach continued. “Steamboat is a testament to that. You can’t play three or four months a year and expect to compete at a high level. But they’re a great group of kids, and they’ll bounce back. It was a tremendous amount of fun coaching them.”
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