Tennis: Skiers in top four heading into final day of state tournament
Regardless of how the final day of the Class 4A state tennis tournament goes, the Aspen High School boys tennis team knows it accomplished a lot the first two days in Pueblo.
While the Skiers went 0-3 in their semifinal matches Friday, they have done enough to secure a top-five finish as a team — a program first — and will have four on the podium.
“We are pretty pleased,” Aspen tennis coach Gary Quandt said. “I’ve never had that many podium people. That’s another huge thing for us.”
The best Aspen has done as a team at state is finishing seventh, which happened twice. With only today’s championship and playback final matches to go, the Skiers sit in fourth place with 31 points, a large margin separating them and fifth-place Peak to Peak.
Kent Denver (73 points), Colorado Academy (64 points) and Niwot (38 points) sit atop the team standings.
Aspen No. 2 singles player Dillon Leasure had one of the tougher draws in his semifinal match Friday, losing 6-2, 6-1 to Kent Denver’s Jack Moldenhauer. No. 3 singles player Alex Ilic lost 6-3, 6-0 to Niwot’s Riley Black in his semifinal match, and the No. 1 doubles team of Keegan Mehall and Gabe Suarez lost 6-4, 6-2 to Kent Denver’s Laird Stewart and Sam Nassif.
“You are going to play those top guys eventually,” Quandt said. “Dillon played a guy that’s ranked No. 7 in the state and just a really good player.”
Leasure and Ilic are both playing in the third-place playback matches this morning, as are the Aspen doubles teams of Mehall/Suarez (No. 1) and Chris Gregory/George Ghali (No. 3), giving the Skiers four podium finishers this fall.
The playback finals begin at 9 a.m.
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