Tennis

Fossil Ridge freshman advances to state tennis final

Fossil Ridge High School freshman Akhil Gupta competes in a regional match last week. Gupta has advanced to Saturday's state championship match at No. 3 singles.

Fossil Ridge High School freshman Akhil Gupta competes in a regional match last week. Gupta has advanced to Saturday’s state championship match at No. 3 singles.

Akhil Gupta isn’t done yet.

The Fossil Ridge High School freshman has won Front Range League and regional tennis championships this season.

On Saturday the freshman will go for the crowning achievement of the season, a state title.

Gupta advanced to the Class 5A No. 3 singles title match with Friday’s 7-5, 6-2 win over Cherry Creek freshman Alex Gordon.

The ambidextrous Gupta, he uses a left- and right-handed forehand, is now 21-0 this season. Gupta will face Denver East senior Bryce Viorst in the final. Viorst beat Regis Jesuit’s Erich Nuss 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 in Friday’s semifinal. Viorst is 10-2 this season.

The championship match will begin at 9 a.m. at Gates Tennis Center in Denver.

Gupta is the only local who made semifinals, but one doubles team will play for third.

Fossil Ridge’s Aaron Hargis and Cam Salz will face Fairview’s Brooks Savage and Adam Chehadi in the No. 3 doubles third-place match Saturday morning.

Fossil Ridge’s No. 1 doubles team of Charlie Johnson and Tim Sunset lost in their first playback match. The SaberCats No. 2 doubles team of Drew Schneider and Evan Diehl won their first playback 6-1, 6-4, but lost 6-2, 6-1 to Cherry Creek and were eliminated.

After two days, Fossil Ridge is fifth in the team standings with 21 points. Fort Collins scored one point in the tournament. Rocky Mountain didn’t score. Cherry Creek is first with 65.

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