DENVER - Legacy senior Dave Rosencrans’ season and high school tennis career ended Oct. 11 when he lost to Grand Junction’s Daniel Ness in the consolation bracket of the Class 5A state tournament at Gates Tennis Center in Denver.
After dropping the first set 6-2, Rosencrans forced Ness into a tiebreak in the second, resulting in a 7-6 (6) loss, ending the senior’s season.
Rosencrans fell just short of placing in No. 2 singles in the consolation round of the tournament.
Despite the loss, Rosencrans said he was content with where he ended up even though he was more of a doubles player with his twin brother, Mike.
The brothers placed third at state last year at No. 1 doubles.
“I was pretty proud of how I did,” he said. “I think I only lost three matches (in regular season). I was pretty happy about that. It wasn’t quite as much pressure as doubles, which I think actually helped me because I would be more relaxed not having huge expectations.”
Rosencrans lost in the first round of the tournament Oct. 10 to Mountain Vista freshman Ben Antonsen 6-3, 6-1. He came back beating Fossil Ridge’s Maxwell Weiner 6-2, 6-2, before dropping to Ness.
Head coach Alan Godman said the Rosencrans brothers did a great job coming from doubles play and working as hard as they did to become singles players. He said they are very level headed kids who will be missed.
Dave Rosencrans said he will miss high school tennis, but he and Mike will probably play in college and return to doubles play.
“I love the camaraderie between the teams,” Dave Rosencrans said. “I know college probably has that too I’m sure, but still with high school the camaraderie is what I’ll miss.”
Legacy’s No. 3 doubles team, junior Austin Cole and sophomore Sam Karlson, also qualified for the state tournament.
The pair fell to Regis’ Steven Bummer and Truett Davis 6-0, 6-0 in the first round, then lost to Fruita Monument’s Colton Greimer and Sam Graf in the consolation bracket 6-1, 6-3.
“They got in here and put on a good showing,” Godman said. “They ran across, obviously, a team that’s playing for the championships. They’ll be back next year. They’re young, the experience will help them.”
Godman said he wants the program to continue their success from this year. Legacy finished in third place at the regionals tournament and ended the league season in sixth place.
“This was our most successful season of tennis at Legacy ever,” Godman said. We qualified the most kids we have for state. It was a very successful season, just a little bittersweet here at the end.”