State tennis 4A: Kent Denver and Cheyenne Mountain part ways after day two
PUEBLO – The battle for the 2021 4A Men’s State Tennis Championship has turned into a two-horse race after day two of competition at the Pueblo City Park tennis complex, and these are two teams that shouldn’t be surprised.
Kent Denver and Cheyenne Mountain.
The two teams, who have combined to win 27 of the 29 4A State Championships of all time, will face off tomorrow to see who wins next. Kent Denver will start the day in the lead with 51 points, while Cheyenne Mountain is just five points behind.
Both teams have 14 potential points on the table on Matchday 3, which means Cheyenne Mountain will have some interest in the other teams throughout games. There will, however, be two crucial head-to-head matches between the two schools, No.1 doubles and No.3 doubles, both in the league game.
For Kent Denver head coach Randy Ross, who hit his interim goal of having six of seven positions to play on the final day, his focus remains on the team’s mindset, not the ultimate goal.
“We try not to talk about the result, we try not to talk about winning the state championship,” Ross said. “We’re just trying to talk about performing well.”
Kent Denver freshman Nathan Gold is certainly one of those well-behaved players as he’s been through his competition to reach the No.1 singles final, where he’ll face another underclass. , Second year student Evelyn Aswaanth Karuppasamy.
Ross, who has basically known Gold from the day he was born, has been looking forward to this day for a long time.
“This is something that we have been looking forward to for a while, which we have been talking about for a while,” said Ross. “He’s had a phenomenal season and has put himself in a position to do something very special.”
“It was really fun, especially with all the people in the state and the energy that it brings,” Gold added. “It’s a little scary sometimes with so many people watching, but I’ve lived in similar atmospheres with junior tennis so it hasn’t been too crazy. I look forward to the final tomorrow.
Elsewhere around the courts tomorrow, defending champion Niwot has a pair of his players in the singles final, while sophomore Lichen Laio will face George Washington junior Owen Duffy at No.2, and senior Alan Wilcox will face junior from Cheyenne Mountain Steven Zhou at No. 3.
The other two doubles finals that will not feature a direct showdown between Kent Denver and Cheyenne Mountain will still have both teams in the mix. The No.2 double will pit the Sun Devils against the Air Academy and the No.4 double, which will feature the Red-Tailed Hawks against the Colorado Academy.
All the league and third place matches will take place simultaneously and start tomorrow at 9 a.m.