New tennis format goes over well

CHSAA changes playoff mechanism for ‘best of both worlds’

Jim Benton
jbenton@Coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/27/22

There has always been a debate about whether tennis is an invididual or team sport. Most people agree that it is both. The Colorado High School Actitivies Association agrees and its new state playoff …

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New tennis format goes over well

CHSAA changes playoff mechanism for ‘best of both worlds’

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There has always been a debate about whether tennis is an invididual or team sport.

Most people agree that it is both. The Colorado High School Actitivies Association agrees and its new state playoff format strengthens that notion.

This season, individual state championships in No. 1 singles through No. 4 doubles will be determined in a three-day tournament Oct. 13-15 at City Park. Individual postseason regionals begin Oct. 5. The team championship will be determined by a 16-team, dual-style tournament that will conclude Oct. 18 at City Park.

In the past, both the individual and team championships were decided at the state meet with teams earning points for each individual win.

“It should be the best of both worlds,” CHSAA associate commissioner Bethany Brookens said when the new setup was announced.

Most South Metro boys high school coaches agree.

“The new 16 team dual playoff is a fantastic addition and change,” said Arapahoe coach Peter Weyhrich. “It has really made each and every dual match this season extremely important. Each individual match has become even more important as a 6-1 victory may carry more weight than a 4-3 victory. I am sure there will be adjustments made, but I think this is a positive change for high school tennis.”

Dan Padrnos of Chaparral is another coach who favors the changed postseason format for many of the same reasons as Weyrich.

Valor Christian coach Bill Epping said the new format is good for tennis.

“I like it,” he said. “It gives tennis a little more notoriety. It values the team concept a little bit more to where No. 4 doubles is just as important as No. 1 singles whereas the old format was a little bit weighted towards the top of the line vs the bottom of the line.

“I’m looking forward to the format and see how it goes. It will make 4A and 5A a little more interesting for sure and I like they kept the old format for the individual matches.”

Cherry Creek coach Art Quinn obviously liked the previous method of determing the state championship team but welcomes the postseason changes despite winning the past two Class 5A state crowns.

“It has changed and change is good,” said Quinn. “We’ll find out what it means in the long haul. It makes the postseason a little bit longer.

“It doesn’t change what we’re doing. We’re going to do what we do and that’s all we can control. We hope everybody has a great experience, all players and all programs. We’re ready to do battle.”

Cherry Creek has won 44 of the 50 state titles since 1972 and captured 49 of 50 Centennial League crowns in that time. Bruins players have won 207 of the 349 individual state titles in the past 50 seasons.

In the Sept. 19 Universal Tennis Ratings, which is used by the CHSAA, Valor Christian was the top-ranked 5A team in Colorado and Cherry Creek was second.

Arapahoe was sixth, Regis Jesuit 10th, Ponderosa 12th Chaparral 14th, and Heritage 15th.

The CHSAA Tennis Committee released its 16-team single elimination bracket on May 23 for both 5A and 4A where the higher seed will host three rounds before the championship finals. In each round, the teams will play head to head at all seven ladder spots to determine the winner and which team will advance to the next round.

Cherry Creek was the top-seed in Class 5A and hosted No. 16 Heritage in a first round match which was set for Sept. 28.

Valor Christian, second seeded, faced No. 15 Fort Collins in the first round. Rocky Mountain, seeded 12th, drew No. 5 Arapahoe in the opening round while No. 11 Mountain Vista was at No. 6 Ralston Valley.

Other first round matches had No. 13 Rock Canyon playing at No. 4 Fossil Ridge and No. 14 Boulder traveled to meet No. 3 Regis Jesuit in first round match.

Kent Denver was the top seed in Class 4A.

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