DENVER | Despite a furious rally in the second set, Regis Jesuit junior Noah Warren and sophomore Joe Robertson were stopped in the semifinals of the Class 5A boys state tennis tournament.
In their first trip to the Gates Tennis Center, the Raiders No. 4 doubles team cruised in their first two matches on Thursday, but it was a different story right off the bat on Friday in the semifinals against Cherry Creek’s Gifford Mellick and Harshil Dwivedi.
The Bruins duo won the first set 6-1 and took the first five games of the second set before the Raiders got back on track.
Warren and Robertson won five straight games and served to go ahead, but Mellick and Dwivedi earned a break in a tight-game and served out the deciding game for a 6-1, 7-5 victory. The Cherry Creek team will play Fairview’s Kamran Shabaz and Max Petrak for the No. 4 doubles championship.
The Raiders remain alive in the playback bracket, however. They can make the third-place match with a victory over Fossil Ridge’s Grant Johnson and Scott Sunset in the playback semifinals Friday afternoon.
Third-place matches scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday.
Also still in contention for third place are Regis Jesuit freshman Chanon Penvari at No. 2 singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Jeremy Warren and Steven Bummer. Each were brought into the playback bracket when the opponent they lost to in the quarterfinals won in the semifinals.
Penvari took advantage of his change, posting a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Chatfield’s Brian Ross in his first playback match and will play for third place if he can defeat another freshman, Boulder’s Jackson Hawk.
Warren and Bummer had a first round playback match against Heritage’s Keaton Komatz and Mitch McGregor.
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CLASS 5A BOYS STATE TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Friday at Gates Tennis Center, Denver
No. 4 doubles: Griffin Mellick/Harshi Dwivedi (Cherry Creek) def. Joe Robertson/Noah Warren (Regis Jesuit), 6-1, 7-5
AURORA PLAYBACK MATCHES
No. 2 singles: Chanon Penvari (Regis Jesuit) def. Brian Ross (Chatfield), 7-5, 6-4