Cheyenne Mountain gets four positions into Friday's 4A state tennis semifinals

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Cheyenne Mountain gets four positions into Friday's semifinals

After the first day of the 4A state boys' tennis tournament in Pueblo, Cheyenne Mountain already has far surpassed its 2016 wins and points total.

The Indians, who had all seven positions in last year's tournament, managed only first-round wins at Nos. 3 and 4 doubles and finished the event with only three points.

On Thursday, five of the seven representatives won their first-round matches, with four - No. 3 singles and Nos. 2-4 doubles - claiming quarterfinal wins to move into Friday's semifinals.

The Indians sat in fourth place in the team standings after the first day with 13 points, going 9-3 on the day.

Christian Ridings rolled through his first two matches at No. 3 singles, dropping only six games along the way.

Discovery Canyon junior Lorenz returns to familiar place

For the third year in a row, Discovery Canyon junior Nick Lorenz is among the state's top four players in No. 1 singles. On Friday, he'll seek a return to the finals after a run as a freshman fell short against Kent Denver juggernaut Casey Ross.

In two matches Thursday, Lorenz lost only four games, and that came all in the second set to his quarterfinal opponent.

On Friday, Lorenz, who lost in last year's semifinal to Ross, will have his hands full against Kent Denver's Kent Moldenhauer, who took the title at No. 2 singles in 2016.

L-P top doubles team finds jump to No. 1 hard to handle

The Lewis-Palmer doubles team of Isaiah Dawid and Garrett Rademacher made a big splash at the 2016 state tournament, making a run into the finals at No. 3 doubles before falling in three sets to Kent Denver.

The tandem, which moved into the No. 1 position this season, won't get to duplicate that run after a 7-5, 6-4 loss in the first round to a team from Mullen. And they won't get a chance for a playback after the Mullen squad lost in the quarterfinals to Valor Christian.