Fruita Monument’s Beck has best ahead of him

Fruita Monument tennis player Tristan Beck made the big jump from playing No. 3 doubles last year to being the team’s No. 1 singles player this season.

And because of that, he has taken some lumps during matches.

Unfortunately for the junior, the tough times continued Monday as he lost to Central’s Isaac Brown 6-1, 6-0.

But for Beck, he realizes the biggest match will be Oct. 10 at the regional tournament at Mesa State College.

“I would like to be playing a little better, but my coaches are always saying it is regionals that really counts,” Beck said. “I have been trying to work hard on (my consistency) so hopefully I can pull it out at regionals.”

Beck has the talent to do it with a big frame and good strokes, but he is continuing to learn what it takes to be a single player this season.

“The most important thing for Tristan is not to get down on himself,” Fruita Monument coach Randy Majors said. “Everyone has a good No. 1 player and he has moved up a long way in the lineup and in a way this was a year for him to get better.”

Beck got close to the state tournament last fall when he got to the quarterfinals at No. 3 doubles in regionals before being knocked out. Getting close last year motivated Beck for this season.

“It would be a dream come true (to go to state),” Beck said. “I know I am at this spot for a reason and I have to give myself some self-confidence.”

Majors added Beck is a natural athlete and that his best days are ahead of him.

“He is a hard worker and I am going to stick with him and good things will happen,” Majors said. “He has time to get better and nothing really matters until the regional tournament anyway. He just has to be relaxed and go for it.”

Beck wasn’t alone in his struggles against the Warriors, who defeated Fruita 5-2.

The Wildcats got their wins at in doubles. At. No. 2 Brandon Ruckman and Danny Preston defeated
James D’Anabelle and Austin Krebill 6-1, 7-5. At No. 4, Chad Hotimsky and Josh Weedon defeated Caleb Brown and Jarred Emmert 7-6, 6-3.

This was the final match for Central, which ended its season 8-2 in dual matches.

“This was a huge match for us,” Central coach Steve Tyler said. “Two wins against Fruita is nice for us
and our reputation in the valley shows we are playing with everybody.”

The Warrior have been hot lately, winning their last five duals and the Delta County Invitational, but Tyler still isn’t satisfied where his team is.

“We will do a lot of match play between now and next Friday to get better for regionals,” Tyler said. “I have told the kids we have to beat Grand Junction there to send some kids to state because they are the team to beat and we understand that.”

Fruita on the other hand has a match today in Montrose and a make-up match Thursday with Grand Junction.

Majors said his team also has room to grow before next Friday.

“I think we need every little bit of the season up to regionals,” Majors said. “It will be tough to get to state like it always is.”


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