Boys Tennis: Four Regis Jesuit doubles teams move into Friday’s semifinals at 5A state tournament

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Regis Jesuit's Will Dennen hits the ball while playing no. 4 doubles with Matthew McCarthy against Mountain Vista on Thursday Oct. 15, 2015 at Gates Tennis Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Regis Jesuit’s Will Dennen, right, makes a return during the opening round of the Class 5A boys state tennis tournament on Oct. 15, 2015, at Gates Tennis Center. Dennen and partner Matthew McCarthy, foreground, are one of four Regis Jesuit doubles teams to win their way into the semifinals, scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

DENVER | The Regis Jesuit boys tennis team may yet come away with more points from singles play, but doubles is again pacing the Raiders at the Class 5A boys state tennis tournament.

All four doubles teams for coach Laura Jones’ team — Steven Bummer and Erich Nuss (No. 1), Luca Abbott and Patrick Seby (No. 2), Kosta Garger and Evan Nuss (No. 3) and Will Dennen and Matthew McCarthy (No. 4) — won both of their matches Thursday on the opening day of play at the Gates Tennis Center and earned their way into Friday’s 9 a.m. semifinals.

Regis Jesuit’s three singles players, No. 1 Tommy Koszowski plus No. 2 Max Koszowski and No. 3 Chanon Penvari, all won first round matches, but were stopped in the afternoon quarterfinals. All three can be brought back into the playback bracket if the opponent they lost to in the quarterfinals wins in the semifinals and reaches Saturday’s state championship match.

While the Raiders finished the first round 7-0 — which helped them finish the first day in a tie for third place with 15 points — the other five singles players and two doubles teams from Aurora schools went down to defeat.

Overland sophomore Dawid Kijak nearly pulled off the upset of the first round, as he took a set lead on Boulder’s Jackson Hawk, the fourth-place finisher at No. 2 singles at last season’s 5A state tournament. After Hawk pulled even, Kijak took a 3-0 lead in the deciding third set, but got flustered and dropped the next five games, which proved too much to overcome despite a late surge.

Hawk continued on to qualify for the semifinals and could bring Kijak back into the consolation bracket if he can beat Cherry Creek’s Robby Hill.

‘Blazers junior Draden Hoover at No. 1 singles also took his match to three sets, but came up on the short end against Grand Junction’s Jacob Lapkin, who then dropped a tough three-setter to Mountain Vista’s Ben Antonsen in the quarterfinals.

Cherokee Trail got shut out in the opening round between singles players Cameron Bergan (No. 2) and David Lai (No. 3) and the No. 2 doubles team of Tom Parsons and Colin Richardson, but two have a very good chance to be brought back into the playback bracket where they could try to work their way toward the third-place match.

Both Bergan (to Hill) and Parsons and Richardson (to Andy Duggan and Andy Hsu) lost to opponents from Cherry Creek, which have a good chance to win in Friday’s semifinals and thus provide the Cougars playback chances.

Lai was eliminated when Denver East’s Eli Wiener, who topped him in the opening round, lost in the quarterfinals.

Grandview’s Ben Warren also won’t have a playback chance as his first round opponent, Keegan McNamara of Monarch, also lost in the quarterfinals.

The Wolves’ No. 2 doubles team of Chris Burris and Matthew Yan fought until falling in three sets to Mountain Vista’s Will Dixon and Max Probst, who subsequently lost, taking them out of a playback possibility.

Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

2015 CLASS 5A BOYS STATE TENNIS TOURNAMENT

Oct. 15 at Gates Tennis Center

Team scores: 1. Cherry Creek 21 points; 2. Fairview 18; T3. REGIS JESUIT 15; T3. Denver East 15; 5. Boulder 11; 6. Chatfield 7; T7. Monarch 6; T7. Heritage 6; 9. Mountain Vista 5; 10. Fossil Ridge 3; T11. Ponderosa 1; T11. Arapahoe 1; T11. Grand Junction 1; T11. Broomfield 1; T11. Fort Collins 1

No 1 singles semifinals: Ryan James (Cherry Creek) vs. Ben Antonsen (Mountain Vista); Kai Smith (Denver East) vs. Kap Smith (Boulder); No. 2 singles semifinals: Jackson Hawk (Boulder) vs. Robby Hill (Cherry Creek); Tom Melville (Fairview) vs. Charlie Franks (Denver East); No. 3 singles semifinals: Ben Blea (Heritage) vs. Mitch Johnson (Cherry Creek); Ethan Schacht (Fairview) vs. Cutter Esson (Boulder); No. 1 doubles semifinals: STEVEN BUMMER/ERICH NUSS (REGIS JESUIT) vs. Graham Blanco/Devin Harper (Fairview); Jacob Bendalin/Erin Norwood (Cherry Creek) vs. Sam Meyer/Austin Stutz (Chatfield); No. 2 doubles semifinals: LUCA ABBOTT/PATRICK SEBY (REGIS JESUIT) vs. Eric Dellavalle/Jonny Cook (Denver East); Andy Duggan/Andy Hsu (Cherry Creek) vs. Kevin Ball/Jimmy Kasic (Fairview); No. 3 doubles semifinals: EVAN NUSS/KOSTA GARGER (REGIS JESUIT) vs. Brooks Savage/Spencer Clauson (Fairview); Ben Murray/Spencer Buted (Cherry Creek) vs. Thomas Paluch/Jack Lacy (Monarch); No. 4 doubles semifinals: David Glazer/Will Barton (Denver East) vs. Sam Angell/Stone Heyman (Cherry Creek); David Zhao/Aaron Nguyen (Fairview) vs. WILL DENNEN/MATTHEW MCCARTHY (REGIS JESUIT)