No love for Aspen tennis at state tourney |

No love for Aspen tennis at state tourney

Aspen High’s Lasse Siedenburg lost a heartbreaker in the second round of the Class 4A state tennis championship in Pueblo last week, falling to the tournament’s eventual runner-up in the No. 1 singles division.

Siedenburg, a German exchange student and AHS junior, was one of eight Skiers to qualify for the state tourney, but he was the only player to come away with a win.

After winning his first-round match, Siedenburg faced Vinnie Fallico of Ralston Valley for the right to advance to the semifinals, according to Aspen coach Sherril Kerr.

Fallico and Siedenburg each won a set to force the match to a deciding third set, “and then he had three match points – three – but he lost it 7-5,” Kerr said.

“It was a heartbreaker. One of those three points and he’s in the semifinals – shee. He was right there with [Fallico] and it was a very exciting match. You couldn’t tell who was going to win.”

Jeff List of Alexander Dawson later defeated Fallico in three sets for the No. 1 singles state title. And because Siedenburg lost to a player who advanced to the finals, he was awarded a playback match, Kerr said, but in that match Siedenburg’s sprained ankle caught up with him.

“After two matches on Thursday, by Friday his ankle was in really bad shape,” Kerr said of the injury sustained during practice earlier last week. “You could tell he was hurt. He couldn’t move very well, and he lost, but I was proud of the way he competed. He fought hard and represented his school well.”

With Siedenburg’s one victory, Aspen finished with a team score of one point in a four-way tie for 17th. Kent Denver won the tournament (69), followed by Cheyenne Mountain (38) and Mullen (35).

“There were 34 teams there, and 15 teams had zero points,” Kerr noted.

“We’ve got a bright future because we’re so young,” the coach added. “We’ll work hard over the summer and get ’em next year.

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