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Day one of the state high school tennis tourney

Day one of boys state tennis

Discovery Canyon junior Nick Lorenz might be the favorite to win number one singles after curising to a first round victory. Lorenz lost to the eventual champion Casey Ross of Kent Denver the last two years, 2017 is his time, "It's a little more competitive across the board now, he was kind of the one guy everyone was after. Yea I just gotta keep getting better at each match," says Lorenz.

On the other side of the bracket, Air Academy's Josh Voss won his first round match-up, Voss and the Kaders are one of hte favorites to win the overall championship, "This year's definitely a good year for us, last year we had a bunch of sophomores. This year we basically have the same team so they've all gotten better as a whole team we're all pretty good," says Josh Voss.

Of course things don't always go to plan, in number two singles, Pueblo Central senior Sam Moors lost a three set heartbreaker to Valor Christian in the first round,"Maybe that's the reason I lost, I didn't keep my temper straight. That's why it's so lonely, you gotta keep your head straight and move on instead of getting mad and dwelling on it," says Sam Moore.

Tennis doesn't have to ba lonely, Cheyenne Mountain's doubles duo of Bennett Ziegler and Carver Ward prove that winnings their first round match but the life lessons learned can be more important than wins, "I used to be a head case my first two years. I didn't know what to do, throwing rackets around and stuff. I'm an adult now, so if I'm an adult out there - adults don't throw their rackets around like really? So I learned that, and I'm a bigger person since," says Moore.

The action heats up with semifinals on Friday and finals beginning on Saturday morning.



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