Arapahoe takes fifth at state tennis tourney

Back-to-back runner-up finishes frustrate Cherry Creek

Posted 10/16/18

Cherry Creek junior Nick Svichar had fun celebrating with his tennis teammates, taking turns holding a trophy and posing for pictures with it. However, it was a state runner-up prize, and Svichar …

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Arapahoe takes fifth at state tennis tourney

Back-to-back runner-up finishes frustrate Cherry Creek

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Cherry Creek junior Nick Svichar had fun celebrating with his tennis teammates, taking turns holding a trophy and posing for pictures with it.

However, it was a state runner-up prize, and Svichar later took some time Oct. 13 to share the reality of the situation on the court at Gates Tennis Center.

“Yeah, most teams would like to get a runner-up trophy,” said Svichar. “But we have been the state runners-up for the past two years and that’s not what is expected for Cherry Creek. We just have to go back to work for next season.”

Regis Jesuit won the state championship with 76 points to 65 for Creek. Arapahoe came in fifth with 25 points and Valor Christian rounded out the top 10 with 11 points.

Regis and Creek locked up in the battle for state supremacy but, as Svichar admits, the Bruins were outplayed in the semifinal rounds.

Both Regis and Creek had three singles and three doubles teams advance into the semifinals on Oct. 12. However, Creek won only two semifinal matches, while Regis won five of the six semifinal matches, which gave the Raiders a commanding lead going into the final round of the three-day tournament.

Cherry Creek did well in the playbacks but not enough to make a difference in the final standings.

The Bruins’ No. 2 doubles team of Andrew Marocchi and Matt Batmunkh defeated Will Franks-George Weaver, Denver East, 6-1, 6-1, to win Creek’s lone state title. Svichar downed Boulder’s Alex McCoy, 6-4, 7-6, to get third at No. 2 singles and was one of four third-place finishes for Creek.

In the past 46 seasons, Creek’s boys tennis teams have won 42 state titles, which makes the past two second-place finishes so unusual. Fairview edged the Bruins to take the 2017 title.

It was Regis’ performance in the semifinals that made a big difference as the Raiders took a nine-point lead into the finals, and only needed three wins on Oct. 13 to claim the school’s second state crown in eight seasons.

The Raiders won state championships in three positions, were second in two others and claimed one third-place finish. Four victories came during the final round.

“We had six semifinalists and they had six, but they put five into the finals,” said Creek coach Art Quinn. “If we would had stayed equal, then we would have battled head-to-head. They honored the 1978 Bruins team when they announced the opening matches. I was able to track down five of the nine players. It was hard to believe that was 40 years ago, so that was nice.”

In other matches involving players from South Metro schools, Arapahoe senior Tyler Landen downed Creek’s George Cavo in the third-place match in No. 1 singles to avenge an earlier loss to Cavo.

“I think I played pretty well since I lost to him in three sets in the regular season,” said Landen. “I had a different mindset. I knew what I was going to do and came out and executed pretty well. I knew I could beat him if I put my mind to it — which I did.”

Valor Christian’s Nick Solimene garnered nine of the 11 points scored by the Golden Eagles as he captured third at No. 3 singles with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Ryan Wood of Arapahoe.

“I hurt my knee again and had to play through that,” said Solimene.  “I played well. I just rallied and came in on balls that were short. I had a torn ACL and it gave out, but I played my game and it worked out. Last November I had ACL and PCL surgery, but right before I was getting cleared I found out I had torn my ACL again. But I just played through it this season.”

Results of the finals on the third day of the 5A state tennis tournament on Oct. 13 at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver:

No. 1 singles: Championship – Christian Holmes, Chatfield def. Morgan Schilling, Regis Jesuit, 7-5, 7-5. Third place – Tyler Landen, Arapahoe, def. George Cavo, Cherry Creek, 6-3, 6-3.

No. 2 singles: Championship – Kosta Garger, Regis Jesuit, def. Austin Kattenhorn, Broomfield, 6-0, 6-1. Third place – Nick Svichar, Cherry Creek, def. Alex McCoy, Boulder, 6-4, 7-6.

No. 3 singles: Championship – Conor Kaczmarczyk, Regis Jesuit, def. Drew Hill, Cherry Creek, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. Third place – Nick Solimene, Valor Christian def. Ryan Wood, Arapahoe, 6-2, 6-3.

No. 1 doubles: Championship – Emilio Gonzalez-Evan Nuss, Regis Jesuit def. Beck Chrisbens-Brody Pinto, Fairview, 6-1, 6-2. Third place – Devin Brownstein-Will Hoist, Cherry Creek def. Jack Vanderberg-Charlie Vanderberg, Broomfield, 6-3, 6-0.

No. 2 doubles: Championship – Andrew Marocchi-Matt Batmunkh, Cherry Creek def. Will Franks-George Weaver, Denver East, 6-1, 6-1. Third place – Grigor Karakelyan-Phillip Albright, Regis Jesuit def. Hall Humphrey-Reid Shaffer, Fairview, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.

No. 3 doubles: Championship: Jack Abbey-Barry Dechtman, Denver East, def. Ryan Grayson-Adam Heilbronner, Fairview, 6-3, 6-4 . Third place – Kyle Kirkby-Cameron Morrey, Fossil Ridge def. Ryan Flora-Braden Mayer, Cherry Creek, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.

No. 4 doubles: Brady Elliott - John Shelby, Fossil Ridge, def. Nathan Tolva-Jack Carbone, Regis Jesuit, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6. Third place – Cedric Loehr-Brock Bryant, Cherry Creek, def. Cooper Hanley-Conner Smith, Monarch, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3.

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