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Neat repeat: Cheyenne Mountain sweeps Air Academy in regional finals
If you recoil into the fetal position sobbing at the sight of reruns, sequels and obvious plot lines — shield your eyes now.
On its home courts, Cheyenne Mountain took first place at the 4A boys’ tennis regionals in everything; mirroring a year in which the Indians beat every opponent, reflecting the success of their doubles teams who have won every match.
“It’s like going on a scary ride for the first time,” said Air Academy coach Tim Treat about facing Cheyenne Mountain. “There’s just an aura about Cheyenne Mountain with how much they’ve won recently — I mean it’s like the Davis Cup with how loud it is (at Cheyenne Mountain).”
Treat’s team took second in every position, meaning both the Indians and Kadets will field a full team at the state meet.
Coronado, Colorado Springs Christian, Colorado Springs School, Fountain Valley, Mitchell, Sand Creek, Sierra, St. Mary’s, Vanguard and Wasson will field no one.
In an all-Indians-Kadets final round, Cheyenne Mountain’s Nos. 1 and 2 singles players Stephen Moore and Billy Fielding eased off the courts with identical 6-0, 6-1 victories.
Teammate Andrew Venner won 6-4, 7-5; and all the Indians doubles teams won.
Now, both teams turn their attention to state next week.
Moore is looking for the team to win its second straight title and contend individually. Fielding is looking toward the No. 2 final at state, where he hopes to meet Niwot’s Michael Ogez; who beat him earlier this season on a “lucky shot,” as Fielding recalls.
Coach Dave Adams is looking forward to telling his team to take it one match at a time.
And Treat is looking forward in meeting Cheyenne Mountain one more time.
“I don’t think there are too many teams outside Cheyenne Mountain that can compete with us,” Treat said. “Hopefully we’ll be seeing them in the finals; that would be our goal.”
And if there is a next time, he hopes it won’t be another rerun.
“Now that you’ve experienced the scary ride you know what it’s like now,” Treat said. “It’s going to scare you the next time, but now you just don’t let the emotions get to you and focus on your strategy.”