The Fossil Ridge High School boys tennis team faced its first big challenge of the season and came up just short, finishing second at the Grand Junction Tournament to Grand Junction High School.
Fossil Ridge, ranked fifth in the CHSAANow.com Class 5A preseason boys tennis poll, had an early start Friday, as the SaberCats had to face CHSAANow.com’s No. 4 team, Grand Junction, at 8 a.m. after arriving at midnight.
“We woke up at 5:30 a.m.,” coach Judy Schultz said. “We would have liked to have played (Grand Junction) at the end of the tournament instead of the beginning.”
The round-robin affair, which featured six teams that played four teams apiece, had Fossil Ridge Grand Junction matched up first. Grand Junction won that match 4-3 on the strength of two tiebreaker wins.
The SaberCats swept through Fruita Monument, Aspen and Central, but fell just short of the tournament crown thanks to Grand Junction’s 4-0 record.
“Our No. 1 through 4 doubles got first place in the tournament for the best record,” Schultz said. “When you actually took the amount of matches, we went 24-4 and Grand Junction went 22-6.”
FORT COLLINS 6, WINDSOR 1 — The Lambkins pushed their record to 2-0 thanks to a near-sweep of Windsor on Saturday at Fort Collins High School.
Fort Collins coach Ed Kalin said he was concerned with how the Lambkins would respond after losing four matches in a weather-shortened dual with Fairview on Thursday and the Lambkins didn’t disappoint.
“They played with high energy and excellent concentration,” Kalin said.
The Wizards (0-1) got their lone win at No. 1 singles, where Stephen Wheeler topped Fort Collins’ Suraj Renganathan 6-1, 6-4. That was the closest match of the day, as only two other matches featured even a 6-2 set score.
Kalin said Wheeler was a good, consistent player.
The Lambkins got back on track at the rest of the positions, and Kalin said the No. 2 and 3 singles players were patient and exhibited good shot selection.
For Windsor, coach Scott Talbot said the Lambkins match served as a lesson for the Wizards.
“I think it was a good experience for our team to go up against a team like Fort Collins that’s so strong, because you know we’re going to see that kind of competition later on in the season such as at regionals with a real strong Niwot squad,” Windsor coach Scott Talbot said.
Windsor hosts Legacy at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, while Fort Collins travels to Boulder on Tuesday for its next match.