DENVER | Looking as strong as it has in the past few years, the Regis Jesuit boys tennis swept its way through the Class 5A Region 5 tournament, which wrapped up Thursday at Colorado Athletic Club-Monaco.
Coach Laura Jones’ Raiders won regional championships at all three singles and all four doubles spots — losing a combined one set — and racked up a perfect score of 84 points en route to the regional title.
Regis Jesuit takes seven No. 1 seeds into the Oct. 15-17 5A state tournament at Gates Tennis Center in Denver, the first time the team will have its entire team at the state tournament since 2010 when the Raiders won four individual state titles in route to the 5A crown.
The Raiders haven’t had a No. 1 singles player make state since Tyler Brasel in 2011, but senior Tommy Koszowski ended the drought with a straight set victory over George Washington’s Daniel Gulot in the regional final. Seniors Max Koszowski (No. 2) and Chanon Penvari (No. 3) gave Regis Jesuit a clean sweep of the regionals, earning their second and third trips to state, respectively.
The Raiders’ state-bound doubles contingent is made up of senior Steven Bummer and junior Erich Nuss (No. 1), junior Luca Abbott and sophomore Patrick Seby (No. 2), freshmen Kosta Garger and Evan Nuss (No. 3) and the No. 4 tandem of sophomores Will Dennen and Matt McCarthy. Abbott won a state championship last season at No. 4 doubles with Max Koszowski, while Bummer finished as the runner-up at No. 3 doubles with graduated partner Truett Davis.
Regis Jesuit prevailed in three all-Aurora matchups in the finals against Cherokee Trail, which placed third or better at all seven positions and finished second in the regional standings with 51 points.
Max Koszowski topped the Cougars’ Cameron Bergan in the No. 2 singles final, Penvari topped Cherokee Trail’s David Lai in the No. 3 singles championship match and the Cougars’ team of senior Colin Richardson and junior Tom Parsons fell to the Raiders’ Abbott and Seby, but all made their way to state.
Bergan made his way to state for the third time and Lai earned his second trip, while Richardson returns after also making it at No. 2 doubles in 2013. Parsons, a move-in from Illinois, goes for the first time for Brad Dorais, who is leading the program with head coach Liz Creamer on maternity leave.
Lai is the only one of Cherokee Trail’s state qualifiers who had to face a playback, as he had to post a 6-3, 6-2 victory over George Washington’s Louie Hoffenberg — who challenged him in playbacks after winning the third-place match — to maintain his state spot.
Junior No. 1 singles player Dylan Zumar claimed third place, as did the No. 1 doubles team of seniors Rahul Verma and Logan Schwanz, the No. 3 doubles tandem of Ji Sub Lim and Tyus Mucklebust and the No. 4 doubles duo of Nihar Vallem and Tyler Doan.
Verma and Schwanz suffered a three-set loss to Ralston Valley’s Christian Toronto and Jackson Johnstone in a playback for a state berth at No. 1 singles, while Vallem and Doan were turned away in straight sets by Rock Canyon’s Ty Veres and Jack Wahlenmaier.
Smoky Hill finished seventh in the team standings behind one placer, as senior No. 3 singles player Sam Nobile finished fourth after Hoffenberg downed him 6-2, 6-1 in the third-place match.
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CLASS 5A REGION 5 BOYS TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Oct. 7-8 at Colorado Athletic Club-Monaco
Team scores: 1. REGIS JESUIT 84 points, 2. CHEROKEE TRAIL 51, 3. George Washington 41, 4. Ralston Valley 23, 5. Rock Canyon 11, 6. Loveland 7, 7. SMOKY HILL 6
Championship matches (winner automatically qualifies for state tournament)
No. 1 singles — TOMMY KOSZOWSKI (REGIS JESUIT) def. Daniel Gulot (George Washington), 6-4, 6-2; No. 2 singles — MAX KOZOWSKI (REGIS JESUIT) def. CAMERON BERGAN (CHEROKEE TRAIL), 6-1, 6-4; No. 3 singles — CHANON PENVARI (REGIS JESUIT) def. DAVID LAI (CHEROKEE TRAIL), 6-1, 6-2; No. 1 doubles — STEVEN BUMMER/ERICH NUSS (REGIS JESUIT) def. Christian Toronto/Jackson Johnstone (Ralston Valley), 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 doubles —LUCA ABBOTT/PATRICK SEBY (REGIS JESUIT) def. TOM PARSONS/COLIN RICHARDSON (CHEROKEE TRAIL), 5-7, 6-1, 6-3; No. 3 doubles — KOSTA GARGER/EVAN NUSS (REGIS JESUIT) def. William Kong/Gavin Burkholder (Rock Canyon), 6-2, 6-3; No. 4 doubles — MATT MCCARTHY/WILL DENNEN (REGIS JESUIT) def. Ty Veres/Jack Wahlenmaier (Rock Canyon), 6-2, 6-0
No. 1 singles — DYLAN ZUMAR (CHEROKEE TRAIL) def. Colton Poore (Loveland), 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 singles — Charlie Eck (Ralston Valley) def. Oliver Moldow (George Washington), 6-0, 6-3; No. 3 singles — Louie Hoffenberg (George Washington) def. SAM NOBILE (SMOKY HILL), 6-2, 6-1; No. 1 doubles — RAHUL VERMA/LOGAN SCHWANZ (CHEROKEE TRAIL) def. Ryan Culhan/Ben Harrison (George Washington), 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 doubles — David Wollins Jr./Cousteau Reining (George Washington) def. Ben Gallagher/Danny McCarthy (Ralston Valley), 6-0, 7-6 (5); No. 3 doubles — JI SUB LIM/TYUS MUCKLEBUST (CHEROKEE TRAIL) def. Sebastian McCrimmon/Cormac McCrimmon (George Washington), 6-0, 6-4; No. 4 doubles — NIHAR VALLEM/TYLER DOAN (CHEROKEE TRAIL) def. Jaeson Chin/Nathan Hill (George Washington), 6-3, 6-3
Playback matches (winner makes state tournament)
No. 3 singles — DAVID LAI (CHEROKEE TRAIL) def. Louie Hoffenberg (George Washington), 6-3, 6-2; No. 1 doubles — Christian Toronto/Jackson Johnstone (Ralston Valley) def. RAHUL VERMA/LOGAN SCHWANZ (CHEROKEE TRAIL), 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3; No. 4 doubles — Ty Veres/Jack Wahlenmaier (Rock Canyon) def. NIHAR VALLEM/TYLER DOAN (CHEROKEE TRAIL), 7-5, 6-1