On Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24 the boys’ tennis team welcomed Ralston Valley, Dakota Ridge, Columbine, Cherokee Trail, Arvada West, D’Evelyn and Mountain Vista to the LHS courts to compete in the Littleton Tennis Invitational.
Singles three junior Ben Morris made it to the semifinals by playing very well his first two matches against Ralston Valley and Columbine, but unfortunately lost in a third set tiebreak 6-4, 7-6, 7-3. Morris was still able to celebrate a successful second place win overall in the singles three bracket.
“It was a lot of fun competing against all the other schools, and I think second place was rather good overall,” said Morris.
Also, singles one freshman Jeanloup Auzias placed fourth place in the tournament, easily beating Dakota Ridge 6-0, 6-2. However, he lost the next round to Mountain Vista 6-0,6-2. Auzias played his hardest and fought hard until the very end, but was unfortunately unable to defeat his exceptional opponent ended up wining the entire singles one bracket.
Overall, the boys displayed great endurance and perseverance. They battled many skilled teams and were still able to pull some wins. Next year, they plan on improving and coming back even stronger.
“I played my best, but I know I can improve. I’m going to try my hardest at practices to improve my skills and strokes so by next year, I’ll be able to win,” said doubles three sophomore Ozzie Froelich.
This tournament also helped the boys prepare for the regional tournament in a few weeks which allows them to qualify for state.
“For many of the guys, this was their first tournament, and I think the experience and the intensity of the competition will help all of us prepare for regionals to come,” said Morris.
Their next match is on Wednesday, September 28 at Littleton High School.