Tigers’ Ness finishes 4th at No. 2 singles

DENVER — For someone who didn’t play tennis his junior season, just to be playing Saturday at the Class 5A state tournament is something special.

Daniel Ness couldn’t find the same magic Saturday that he had on the first day at the Gates Tennis Center and ultimately settled for a fourth-place finish. Ness lost to Fairview’s Alec Leddon 6-0, 6-4.

“It was a great experience coming back here. I love playing tennis, and Alec is a great player,” said Ness, who tried his luck at cross-country last fall. “There are some really good players here. I would have liked to have won, but given how well these guys played, kudos to them.

“I was happy with playing what I thought was pretty good tennis for myself.”

Ness and the Tigers finished seventh in the team race with 13 points. Cherry Creek won all seven positions for the first time since 1998 and finished with an astonishing 98 points to Fairview’s 73.

Grand Junction coach Carol Elliott was hoping for more at state from her team, which was coming off an impressive regional showing the prior week.

“We had higher expectations. We thought we could do well. We got into those quarterfinal matches and didn’t complete like we should have,” Elliott said. “You play all season long and in regionals, then come over here and we let some of the nerves get to us, and we just didn’t fight through those, which is very disappointing.”


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