Wayne Aggen is getting used to being alone on the tennis court.
Last season, the Fruita Monument junior was paired with August Pomrenke on the Wildcats' No. 1 doubles team.
Aggen now gets to take on some of the best players in the state as Fruita's No. 1 singles player.
"There's a lot more competition, definitely," Aggen said. "My partner and I did well at doubles last year, but the players just get so much more competitive, especially at that No. 1 level."
Aggen carried some early season success into the Western Slope Open, earning a place in Saturday's No. 1 singles semifinal by beating Aspen's Christian Kelly and Mountain Vista's Trevor Fone in three sets.
His winning ways came to an end in the semifinals, when he lost to Regis Jesuit's Morgan Schilling 6-2, 6-2 at the Elliott Tennis Center. Aggen finished fourth after losing 6-4 in the third-place match to Heritage's Chase Walters.
Despite Saturday's losses, the tournament provided much-needed experience against tough opposition.
"You see so many different types of game styles, especially at this top level," Aggen said. "People play all over the place. You get the whole spectrum of the game and it's really good experience that way."
His enthusiasm about his move to No. 1 singles and his potential in that role for the Wildcats remained high after the Western Slope Open.
Although Aggen and Pomrenke had success as a doubles team last year, Aggen felt moving to singles was needed to elevate his skill set.
"It was definitely a personal thing I wanted to try," Aggen said. "I practiced all the time and I really wanted to get up to that singles level because there's so much competition and I personally like singles a little better than doubles. It's a really good time.
"I thought it would be good for my game to go to No. 1 singles."
Regis Jesuit won the team title with 203 points. Fruita finished eighth (99), Grand Junction was 13th and Central ended the weekend in 14th.
Fruita's No. 2 doubles team of KC Davis and Colby O'Day won the C bracket tie 6-4 over Central's duo of Elijah Berger and Corban St. Peter, a rematch from Friday's first-round match.
The Wildcats' No. 3 doubles team of Ryan Davis and Micah Hanly won the B bracket 6-2 over Central's McKay Beckstead and Bryce Holmes. Also in No. 3 doubles, Grand Junction's Cameron Harlow and Ethan Davis won 7-6 over Durango's Charlie Mickel and Sam Rodgers.