GREELEY — The Thompson Valley Eagles completed in 2d position within the workforce standings on the 4A Area Four match Saturday, and with that comes the information that a couple of in their positions get to proceed taking part in subsequent week in Pueblo.
Within the finals on Saturday, Thompson Valley competed within the championship fit in No. 2 and three singles and in No. 1 and three doubles. The Eagles additionally performed for 1/3 position in No. 1 singles and No. 2 and four doubles at the day.
Aaron Hardy had the highest end for the Eagles through successful probably the most extra thrilling fits in No. Three singles as opposed to Phil Geraghty of Dawson within the championship. Hardy gained in immediately units, however the two wanted a lot of deuce issues and a tiebreaker in the second one set to decide the winner in a fit that lasted more or less two hours.
“There’s not anything like this,” Hardy stated of the win. “Final yr (Geraghty) roughly gave up. I performed him in No. 2 singles ultimate yr as smartly, however he truly introduced it as of late. I simply needed to make sure you play my sport and I knew I’d win.”
Hardy gained 6-Four within the first set, however no longer prior to shedding the primary 4 issues to Geraghty. He would get again on the right track and rating the following six issues for the win. In the second one set, he trailed 6-5, and after scoring the overall level to power a tiebreaker, he dropped the primary 3 issues with a few misplayed photographs and serves.
However as he did prior to, Hardy rallied and strung in combination a variety of photographs to return again within the tiebreaker with an 8-6 win to protected the regional identify.
“I believe it used to be undoubtedly how dangerous I sought after it,” Hardy stated. “I truly sought after to overcome this child and pass to state. My psychological sport undoubtedly helped.”
Hardy used to be the lone regional champion for the Eagles within the match.
In No. 2 singles, Brody Kasprzak had the opposite thrilling championship fit of the match with Kevin Patel of Dawson. Kasprzak gained the primary set 6-2 and used to be going backward and forward with Patel in the second one seeking to win. Patel hung on past due to win 7-5, and the 1/3 set would get started shut prior to Patel were given in regulate past due to win 6-3. The second one-place end secured a place in state for Kasprzak.
All 4 doubles groups additionally had a possibility to get to state on Saturday. The No. Three workforce of Shawn Hartzok and Tarik Viegut defeated Dawson’s Ethan Duster and Ryan Orris 6-2 within the first set however fell 6-1 in the second one and 1/3 units to complete in 2d. Jay Tucker and Jay Sheets in No. 1 doubles and Erik Briles and Collin Goldberg in No. Four doubles each and every gained their third-place fits and earned the appropriate to win a playback fit for the second one and ultimate spot in state.
Briles and Goldberg had been a success in No. Four doubles, defeating Dawson 6-3, 6-2 within the playback fit to qualify for state. Tucker and Sheets gained the primary set of their playback fit with Silver Creek 6-0, however the two may just no longer end and Silver Creek performed in regulate to win 6-2 in the second one set and 6-1 within the 1/3.
Having the overall workforce competing within the finals used to be a a long way other lead to regionals than what Thompson Valley had only a yr in the past.
“Final yr, we had two other people taking part in (within the finals), and this yr we had everybody taking part in,” Hardy stated. “It’s a excellent feeling. Our tennis workforce truly wanted that.”
Thompson Valley will compete within the Elegance 4A state tennis match in Pueblo subsequent week. The match is scheduled to play Thursday, Friday and Saturday.