Taos Tiger tennis wraps up 2017 season at state

Boys team runs into NMMI buzz saw, eliminated 8-1 in quarterfinals

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The Taos Tiger boys tennis players saw plenty of action at this year’s state tournament as they traveled to Albuquerque take part in the Class A/4A team, doubles and singles competition May 3-6.

The boys qualified as a team during the pre-district tournament held at Quail Ridge’s tennis complex in Taos with a 5-4 win over the Santa Fe Prep Blue Griffins April 21. A full tennis team includes six singles players and three doubles teams.

Team singles qualifiers for Taos included Jens Krosby at No. 1, Victor Burns at No. 2, Reed Pieper at No. 3, Robbie Wooldridge at No. 4, Joseph Colonius at No. 5 and Keldon Larsen at No. 6. The three doubles teams were comprised of Krosby and Pieper at doubles No. 1, Colonius and Wooldridge at doubles No. 2 and Burns and Larsen at doubles No. 3.

Taos was seeded No. 6 in the eight-team bracket and was pitted against the No. 3 team, New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), May 5 – an improvement from 2016, when the team was seeded No. 8 and lost to the top-seeded (and eventual state team champions) Bosque High School 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

This year, the experience was short-lived again as the Tigers lost 8-1 to the Colts in the quarterfinals, who eventually would place second in the state behind the Robertson Cardinals.

In singles competition, the lone qualifier from Taos was Krosby, who beat Thomas Donahue from Bosque School 6-0, 6-0 in his opening round May 3. In the quarterfinals, Krosby would fall to Farid Yunes from NMMI 6-1, 6-3 May 4.

Colonius and Wooldridge won their first-round match as a doubles team, defeating Josh Estrada and Tyler Franzoy from the Mesilla Valley Christian School Son Blazers 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 May 3. In their quarterfinal match, the pair of Tigers would be overpowered by the eventual state champion duo of Andres Garcia and Connor Houdek from Robertson High School by a final score of 6-0, 6-2 May 4.

The Tigers girls team did not qualify any players this year. It was the second consecutive year the Taos girls team was excluded from the state tournament. In 2016, due to weather delays and cancellation of the district tournament, the girls were denied a qualifying chance for state. Claudia Dimond did qualify as the lone singles player for Taos last year, but was knocked out in the opening round.

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